TUC calls for national slavery remembrance day

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date: 23 August 2004

embargo: For immediate release

Attention: industrial, ethnic, social affairs correspondents

The TUC is calling upon the Government to recognise the 23 August as the National Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This date marks a crucial event in the fight against slavery of an uprising in St Domingo in 1791.

The TUC in the North West is supporting the Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Initiative that is running a number of events across the city to promote the project. The United Nations has marked 2004 as a special year for the commemoration of the struggle against slavery and its abolition.

NW TUC Regional Secretary Alan Manning said: 'The North West TUC fully supports this initiative to remember and recognise the impact of slavery in developing our society and to celebrate the events that lead to its abolition. By calling upon the Government to recognise this important day in our history it sends out a clear message that racism will not be tolerated.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

On the 23 August 1791, an uprising of the enslaved Africans on the island of St Domingo (modern Haiti and the Dominican Republic) began. This revolt was a crucial event in the fight against slavery.

To mark International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, there are a number of events taking place in Liverpool today including:

People of Faith Mark Slavery Remembrance Day - Readings, teachings and scripture, calling for social and racial justice. This event is organised in collaboration with the Merseyside Interfaith Group. 12.45pm on Monday 23 August at St Nicholas Church (Liverpool parish church). Free entry.

Liverpool Commemorates Slavery Remembrance Day - The ceremony will begin with a libation led by Chief Angus Chukuemaka. The event will be compered by Cathy Tyson, with special guests Courtney Griffiths QC and Yvonne Brewster OBE, and performances by the River Niger Orchestra, Tayo Aluko, Sue Yo, Ann Lopez and local school children 2pm on Monday 23 August at the Pier Head in Liverpool city centre.

For more information log on to: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/education/srd/index.asp.

Contacts:

Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248; Pager: 07699 744115; E: media@tuc.org.uk

Skills for Life and media enquiries : Dan Ashley T: 020 7467 1372; M: 07880 504 846;
E: dashley@tuc.org.uk

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