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Appendix: An Act For The Abolition Of The Slave Trade 47° Georgii III, Session 1, Cap. XXXVI

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The year 2007 marked the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade in 1807. It was a year filled by an extraordinary plethora of exhibitions, displays, conferences, day-schools, media events, website activity and published debate. Many of the attention-grabbing commemorations in 2007 took place in London: Parliament, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum – all of them and more offered their own interpretation of abolition. African and Caribbean churches often held their own commemorations; local, community-based activities which addressed parish interests and pressures, but which added to the sense of a national interest in abolition. The bicentenary commemorations, greatly facilitated by the academic knowledge acquired over the past generation, reached huge audiences.

Keywords:bicentenary commemorations; British abolition; British slave trade



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