Black History Month marked in city

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'Freedom' sculpture at International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. Pic © Wikimedia Commons

‘Freedom’ sculpture at International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. Pic © Wikimedia Commons

A series of events will be held in Liverpool’s national museums throughout October as part of Black History Month.

There will be talks, musical performances and workshops highlighting how black history is widely appreciated.

The old black community of Liverpool have undergone many challenges. The city was considered the European Capital of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Richard Benjamin, head of International Slavery Museum, said: “These subjects should be obligatory aspects of world and British history, but we are not there quite yet, so in the meantime, let’s get behind October Black History Month events nationwide.”

The Museum of Liverpool explores the black community and history with a free trial for the public. The exhibition tells of the struggles of slavery as well as achievements and contributions over the years.

The education team at the International Slavery Museum will be holding discussions every Wednesday, looking in detail at a different topic throughout October. In celebration of Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October, the team will be holding a discussion on Human Rights on 14th October.

Angelica Vanasse, Education Manager of the International Slavery Museum, said: “It is a chance to drop in and discuss our human rights handling session and get hands-on with our handling resources.”

Vanasse also said there will be activities on offer to appeal to all ages, including a drop-in craft activity on 18th October.

Other events include a memorial lecture for Merseyside’s own Anthony Walker on 16th October and a ‘Black Soldiers at Waterloo’ educational talk on 24th October.

The United Kingdom has celebrated Black History Month since 1987 and Vanasse said the event has sparked an interest in the people of Liverpool.

She said: “There has been a great amount of interest in Black History Month, with many members of the Liverpool community, and further afield, looking to attend.”

Joanna, 18, from England left a note of appraisal at the museum’s feedback wall, saying: “Really makes you think not only about history but also about what is happening in today’s world about the mistreatment of humans based on race and religion.”

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