International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

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2022 Date23 August 2022
2023 Date23 August 2023
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition History

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition commemorates the abolition of slave trade, on August 23rd of 1791, in Santo Domingo, which today is the Dominican Republic. The observance also honors all victims of the act.

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition Facts & Quotes

  • According to gilderlehrman.org, from 1526 to 1867, some 12.5 million slaves were shipped from Africa. Only about 10.7 million arrived in the Americas.
  • In the 19th century, most slaves in the British Caribbean and Brazil were born in Africa. In contrast, most slaves in the US were 3rd, 4th, or 5th generation Americans.
  • About 90% of enslaved Africans were imported into the Caribbean and South America. Despite this, by 1825, the US population included about 1/4 of the people of African descent in the New World.
  • The Slave Route Project, launched by UNESCO in 1994, has made it possible to identify the ethical, cultural and socio-political issues of this painful history. By developing a multidisciplinary approach, which links historical, memorial, creative, educational and heritage dimensions, this project has contributed to enriching our knowledge of the slave trade and spreading a culture of peace. On this International Day, UNESCO invites everyone, including public authorities, civil society, historians, researchers and ordinary citizens, to mobilize in order to raise awareness about this history that we share and to oppose all forms of modern slavery - Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn more about UNESCO's Slave Route Project. Their project focuses on raising awareness about the slave trade and slavery. It hopes to highlight the cultural interactions that have resulted from global slavery.
  • Listen to an episode of UN and Africa. This podcast features constitutional law professor Gloria Browne-Marshall as she discusses the effects of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Watch a movie that depicts the tragedy that was slavery in America. Here are some examples:
    The Birth of a Nation (2016)
    12 Years a Slave (2013)
    Django Unchained (2012)

Intl. Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition - References and Related Sites

UN: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition History
www.gilderlehrman.org: The Slave Trade

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