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Mark Tull

London, United Kingdom

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This image left me a little shell shocked..
The original was shot less than 100 years ago, in Badagry, Nigeria, Africa.

The following was provided by H M Bascom, following some research after i emailed a shot from my phone from the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England.

“Branded like beasts who feel no pain
And all for Merrye Englande’s gain
But England’s Changing-Rearranging
Only we can clear our Name
Growing! Knowing! Trade Winds are blowing!
Things’ll nevva be the same.”

Excerpt from ‘Slavepool’ by Mohammed Khalil

23 August is designated by UNESCO Slavery Remembrance Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the slave uprising in Saint Dominque (Haiti) in 1791. On this day we are reminded that the enslaved people rose up to liberate themselves from the injustice and indignity of forced labor. We must remember those enslaved Africans and their descendants. We must remember those who died on the slave ships. We must continue to strive for justice and equality. Britain rose as an industrial power on the labor of millions of African slaves. The legacy of slavery is discrimination, exploitation, and the societal inequality.

Beginning in the 16th century slaves were forced from West Africa to the Americas through the port at Badagry, Nigeria. More than half a million human beings were sold to colonists on the shores of America before colonial independence in 1787. Many Europeans earned their income by selling human beings from Badagry.

Slavery continues as millions of people are forced into slavery around the world. Men, women and children are sold into slavery for their labor and for sex. Slavery is not a shadow from past but a horrifying reality in the present. Slavery should not be part of our future.

Remember the slaves, past and present, so there will be none in the future.

UNESCO Slavery Remembrance Day Link

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