"They tore off my clothes, bound me with ropes, gave me a heavy load to carry, and led me to the town of Bonduku, and from there to the town of Kumasi...from there through Asikuma and Ajumak in the land of the Fanti. There they sold me to the Christians."
Abu Bekr es Siddik, kidnapped 1804
"They will remember that we were sold but they won´t remember that we were strong. They will remember that we were bought, but not that we were brave."
William Prescott, former slave 1937
The new Museum will open its display galleries on 23 August 2007, Slavery Remembrance Day. 2007 is the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade and 23 August commemorates the date of the outbreak of the slave rebellion, which created the first independent Black republic of Haiti.
The International Slavery Museum will be at Liverpool´s Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site. The location is only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.
One of the greatest groups of national museums in the world, National Museums Liverpool is ideally placed to elevate this subject onto an international stage. Our existing Transatlantic Slavery Gallery has won worldwide recognition and has been central to the development of our award-winning work on diversity and outreach.