International Slavery Remembrance Day

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Greenwich Park

Each year, the National Maritime Museum marks the anniversary of the 1791 Haitian slave rebellion with a day of remembrance. This time the event begins with a talk on slavery and maritime history in the museum lecture theatre from S.I. Martin. Artist Sophie Herxheimer will be running a workshop in the Re:Think studio looking at people's own stories, and there will be a session on freedom songs led by Ethnovox under the propellor in the main museum. in the Sammy Ofer Wing, there will be a performance explaining what it was like to be a black sailor at the Battle of Trafalgar through the story of John Simmonds, while Martin returns to lead a walk through Greenwich Park on which he'll talk about freed slave and key abolitionist Olaudah Equiano. Events are brought to a fitting conclustion with the closing ceremony at the Water Gates of the Old Royal Naval College, during which visitors are invited to throw white rose petals into the Thames in silent commemoration. The whole event is free.

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