On behalf of Memorial 2007, I have recently been asking for MPs support in creating a memorial to remember the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.
There is currently no major memorial in Britain to commemorate the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. We believe there is a clear need to erect the Enslaved Africans Memorial as a tribute to the courage and dignity of all those who were enslaved and their struggles for freedom, but also as an educational resource imparting knowledge and understanding to all who visit it.
The Government have provided financial support for important memorials to World War One, Commonwealth War Graves, the Holocaust, and the Srebrenica Genocide. We appreciate the important role that these Memorials have played in increasing public awareness and understanding of historical issues, and believe the Enslaved Africans Memorial can provide a similar impact offering an understanding of the 400 years history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.
We are asking the Government to provide financial support to build the this memorial, recognising a hugely significant and culturally important moment which recent events show need to be understood in greater detail.
I thank the Shadow Leader of the House for her support in the Chamber during Business Questions this Thursday (please see the video below), in which she raised the matter directly with the Government. There is clearly still some work to be done to convince the government of the importance of this memorial, but the fight is only just beginning.
You can sign the petition and show your support here: LINK