This exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The Act outlawed the practice by British ships and crews of forcibly removing Africans from their homeland to a life of slavery. This marked the beginning of the end for the transatlantic traffic in human beings and was the culmination of one of the first and most successful public campaigns in history.
Whilst it would be another quarter of a century before slavery itself was finally abolished throughout the British Empire, this Bicentenary gives us the opportunity to remember the millions who suffered; to pay tribute to the courage and moral conviction of all those – black and white – who campaigned for abolition; and to demand to know why today, in some parts of the world, forms of slavery still persist two centuries after the argument for abolition in this country was won.
Newham has many residents from an African Caribbean background who are descended from those who were once enslaved. The Borough is proud that those people have made Newham their home and made an important contribution to our diverse community.
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