Slavery Remembrance Day 2015
Liverpool’s Slavery Remembrance March commemorates the lives and deaths of thousands
BY FRANCESCA FITZSIMMONS
A Walk to Remember Slavery was held through the streets of Liverpool on August 23
Slavery Remembrance Day march through Liverpool City centre. Chief Angus Chukuemeka throws a wreath into Canning Dock
Liverpool hosted a Slavery Remembrance Day march to commemorate the lives and deaths of thousands of the cruel trade.
Albert Dock’s International Slavery Museum organised a weekend of activities with the climactic march held on Sunday.
The march was led by the lively Katumba drum band and started at the Central Station end of Church Street, making its way to the Slavery Museum at Albert Dock.
Head of the International Slavery Museum Dr Richard Benjamin said: “The march is held to remember thousands of lives and to help people understand why it is important to hold this day.
“Liverpool as a city does a lot more for remembering slavery than other cities do and it is important for us to do this because of the history of slavery in Liverpool.
“It is not easy to keep this sort of event going, but it is essential to Liverpool and especially to those people who have come from all over the country to be here today. Its significance should be recognised nationally.”
After starting at Church Street, the march made its way through Liverpool and gathered crowds and momemtum as it made its way down Paradise Street.
This year marks the 17th year of the march, and the Kutamba band were honoured to have been asked to lead the procession through the streets.
Band member Hilary Dunn said: “It is just amazing. Our band celebrates multiculturalism so it is important to us to raise awareness of that.
“And it really is a wonderful honour to have been asked to play as part of the Remembrance Day.
“There isn’t a sad atmosphere with the march, it is a joyful occasion.”
The historic Old Dock in Liverpool was where slave ships would once have moored and been repaired.
After the march was completed, there was entertainment and dancing on display at the front the International Slavery Museum and a libation ceremony to tribute African and Caribbean heritage was held at the waterfront.