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Events commemorating the end of the slave trade

A number of events and exhibitions are taking place across Britain to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade. Socialist Worker highlights a few of them:

Issue No. 2043

African snow

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Ms Dynamite in Search of Nanny Maroon

Niomi Daley, the British hip-hop star better known as Ms Dynamite, travelled to her ancestral land Jamaica to make a TV documentary about slaves who fought back.

BBC2 10pm, Sunday 25 March.


African Snow

A play which brings together the lives of the English sailor John Newton and the former slave Olaudah Equiano, who both testified against the trade.

It can be seen at the York Theatre Royal from 30 March, which will be followed by a national tour.

www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


The Equiano Project

This celebrates the life of Olaudah Equiano. It will include a free exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 29 September, a touring exhibition and a website.

www.bmag.org.uk


Breaking the Chains: Britain and the abolition of the slave trade

This exhibition will look into what is slavery and what made the Transatlantic trade unique, Africa and Europe, Britain and abolition, and after slavery.

It is on at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol from 23 April.

www.empiremuseum.co.uk


Portraits, people and the abolition of the slave trade

The National Portrait Gallery in central London will highlight key individuals in the gallery’s collections who have been linked to the slave trade and its abolition.

It is on until 22 July.

www.npg.org.uk


From Courage to Freedom

The October Gallery in London has commissioned three leading visual artists from West Africa – El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumé and Owusu-Ankomah – to create works.

They are exhibited until 28 April.

www.octobergallery.co.uk


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