Slaves’ Stories

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Tomorrow we are returning to the Liverpool International Slavery museum with a group of young people to collect their stories and reflections on a number of exhibits. I have just finished laminating various short stories so that we can begin the experience on the journey.

Having re-read these stories this morning, told first person by individuals who were taken into slavery  around 1780, I find them hugely powerful and great examples of an issue that can be understood by the stories without interpretation.

The stories mentioned can be found on the excellent museum website .

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1 Comment

  1. An evocative & timely posting … I hadn’t realised such slave stories told this way existed – it is interesting that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same date in 1809 …. apparently Darwin had very strong anti-slavery views and it is claimed by some that he almost left the Beagle because of arguments over the slavery issue.
    …. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16503-hatred-of-slavery-drove-darwin-to-emancipate-all-life.html

    And 200 years later, a descendent of slave owners, whose partner’s ancestors had been slaves, became US President to deliver the Lincoln 200th anniversary speech (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/12/AR2009021201732.html & http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/politics/bal-te.obama02mar02,0,3453027.story).

    Kerrie Christian
    “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

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