The new voyages of the slaveship Zong
Research has shown that colonial enslavement has left a deep felt legacy of far reaching social and economic problems, a legacy that has yet to be sufficiently acknowledged or addressed. 200 years of silence and historical amnesia on the facts and effects of slavery – both the suffering caused and the benefits it created for Britain – has kept the wider British public in ignorance of what their forebears did in Africa and the Caribbean. In short: the legacy of slavery impacts us all.
In the summer of 2020 a replica slave ship will visit some of the British ports that were involved in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The Zong Voyage aims to highlight the legacies of slavery present in our society and economy and set in motion a wider project to effect community change.
The voyage is being planned in conjunction with local museums, schools, churches and community groups, and will provide an opportunity to:
The current list of ports (more may be added) is: Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Liverpool, Manchester (Salford), Lancaster, Whitehaven, Bristol. A precise itinerary of ports of call and dates will be published closer to the date of the voyage.
We are still fundraising for this project, so if you would like to help with this, or provide a contact, or be involved in this exciting venture in any other way, please contact us.
Watch a short video about the Zong voyage here.