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200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade



On March 2, 1807, the U.S. Congress approved an act to abolish the importation of slaves effective January 1, 1808.


U.S. Library of Congress, American Memory

More history on the Transatlantic Slave Route can be found at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Slave Route Project site.


Amistad America – Atlantic Freedom Tour (replica of the historic schooner embarks on 14-month transatlantic voyage retracing the slave trade triangle with students as passengers and over a dozen international ports of call; electronic educational tools will link the ship back to schools and museums)

Freedom Schooner Amistad; Steve Earley

Lest We Forget: the Triumph Over Slavery (touring exhibit developed by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library in conjunction with UNESCO)

Description of a slave ship, Brookes, based in Liverpool 1789. Manuscripts, Archives and Rare books

U.S. National Archives and Records (An up-coming exhibit of documents relating to the abolition of the Slave Trade)

Wilberforce Central (A private, non-profit alliance related to major events, including a major motion picture Amazing Grace, the television documentary The Better Hour, concerts, a Wilberforce Global Forum, conferences and prizes)

Portrait of a Gentleman – Mr. William Wilberforce, by John Rising, 1790, Wilberforce House, Hull Museum, UK,

The U.S. and the U.K delegations to UNESCO co-hosted the French Premiere of "Amazing Grace" at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on February 6, 2008.

The Global Slavery Remembrance Day organization seeks to bring awareness to August 23, the UNESCO declared “International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.”  The organization’s mission is to assist UNESCO with their goals of bringing worldwide recognition of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by providing a platform for its member states to record activities involving their entire nation worldwide and to physically display their support for the movement. Their global campaign seeks to set an official world record for the largest number of people ever to stand up for the awareness of this issue.

Organizations Related to Abolishing Modern Forms of Slave Trade

  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Provides direct services, such as food, shelter, health and mental health services, education and legal services, to survivors of trafficking through crisis intervention, case management and social services coordination.

  • Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (A faith-based organization dedicated to the elimination of slavery and trafficking throughout the world through efforts in prevention, prosecution, victim identification and protection, sustainable restoration.)

  • Free the Slaves (A nonprofit organization dedicated to ending slavery around the world by working with partner organizations, conducting research, and encouraging others to take action in the modern anti-slavery movement.)

  • International Justice Mission (A human rights agency that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery, and oppression.)

  • Stop the Traffik (A global coalition of  over 300 organizations working together to fight against people trafficking by focusing on advocacy, education, fundraising and freedom day.)

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Headquartered in Vienna, helps to monitor and bring attention to human trafficking issues worldwide.)

  • U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (Provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons and assists in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts both worldwide and domestically.)

Please feel free to contact our office if you would like to list your confirmed event that specifically relates to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade route.

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