Slavery Remembrance Day 2020

The annual Slavery Remembrance Day is held on 23 August. On this day in 1791 an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) began.

It was a crucial event in the fight to end the European transatlantic slave trade. The date has been designated by UNESCO as Slavery Remembrance Day, a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation.

Slavery Remembrance Day 2020

To keep visitors and staff safe during the ongoing pandemic of Covid19, National Museums Liverpool have decided to move Slavery Remembrance Day online, where they hope to bring our communities, friends, visitors and families together in a digital realm - from near and far. You can expect to see a plethora of activities, which will be announced in due course, but included will be; talks, debates and discussions, creative family activities and a virtual tour of Liverpool's connections to the transatlantic slave trade.

This year NML will be marking their 21st Slavery Remembrance Day, and with so much unrest and uncertainty currently in the world, never before has it been so important to come together to remember and reflect on the past, and work together for the future. This is a defining moment of change, and we are all a part of it. 

2020 Online Events 

Summer Craft Activities

Get ready for Slavery Remembrance Day and get creative with zine making, drawing and more activities to keep your family entertained over the summer holidays. Remember to share pictures of your creations with us on social media using the hashtag #SRDAtHome.

Get Crafting. 

Liverpool Slavery Map 
21 August 

As there can be no Walk of Remembrance, local historian Laurence Westgaph will be curating an online map which will present Liverpool's connection to slavery and key sites relating to personal experiences of healing and empowerment. This will be a collaborative project, with a range of participants from the eclectic Liverpool communities. 

Dorothy Kuya Memorial Lecture
22 August 

Striving for Race Equality, Justice and Freedrom. Zita Holbourne is a lifelong community and human rights campaigner and activist, as well as an artist, curator, poet and writer. Zita avidly campaigns for equality and freedom, justice and human rights and will delve into these topics as part of a keynote speech. 

The Importance of Slavery Remembrance Day 
23 August 

In place of the libation ceremony, Chief Angus Chukuemeka and pupils from Calderstones School are producing a short film exploring the history and contextual meaning of Slavery Remembrance Day - plus what it means to us today. 

Dorothy Kuya Memorial Lecture 
23 August 

The Living History of Slavery and Imperialism: Healing and Empowerment in the time of Covid-19. Professor Stephen Small  from the University of California, Berkeley where he will be talking about how the British systems of slavery shaped the lives of Africans and their descendants, and the consequential features of imperialism – in Liverpool, Britain and the British Empire. A Liverpool born Black man, Professor Small will explore the highly consequential features of imperialism and will interrogate the strategies passed down over generations by African men, women and their children, in the living legacy of slavery and imperialism that we confront in the time of Covid-19

For more information

For more on Slavery Remebrance Day which takes place online only in 2021, please visit the National Museums Liverpool website. #SRDAHome