7 slave museums you must visit in your lifetime to awaken your consciousness

Michael Eli Dokosi September 07, 2019
Photo at the International Slave Museum via visitliverpool.com

International Slavery Museum in Liverpool

The International Slavery Museum increases the understanding of transatlantic, chattel and other forms of enslavement. Through its collections, public engagement and research, it explores their impact and legacies.

The museum says it is a campaigning museum that actively engages with contemporary human rights issues. The museum opened on August 23, 2007.

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Working in partnership with other museums with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today. It is located in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks where 18th-century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.

Of note is The Black Achievers Wall in the Legacy gallery of the museum which celebrates the exploits of notable black achievers of years gone by and present spanning civil rights campaigners, politicians, musicians, athletes, rock stars and poets.

The celebrated include Muhammad Ali – Boxer, born 1942; Steve Biko – Activist, 1946-77; Stokely Carmichael – Civil rights activist, 1941-98; Maya Angelou – Author, poet, playwright, born 1928, and Frederick Douglass – Abolitionist, writer, statesman, 1818-95.


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