One of our dreams for MJR is to acquire a sailing ship that can be fitted out as a replica slave ship and used as part of an exhibition centre (see Projects). Another exciting possibility for this vessel would be to sail it around some of the ports used in the slave trade. Nigel Pocock of MJR has published a first draft of "A Voyage Around the Slave Ports of Britain", a survey of the many ports of Britain used for the transport of slaves, with statistics and stories. PLEASE NOTE: This document is very much a ‘work-in-progress’, with a number of gaps still to be filled. If anyone reading is able to provide additional information, which would be very helpful, please contact MJR.
Unsung tells the story of Liverpool abolitionist Edward Ruston. It is being staged at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool from 9th to 12th March. More information here.
"A Caribbean slave ship, a Liverpool bookshop. Sometimes silence is not an option. Edward, an uneducated Everton boy, goes to sea on a slave ship. When his best friend – a former African slave – drowns saving Edward’s life, his world changes forever. Spanning oceans and continents, and inspired by words and events in the life of Liverpool abolitionist, poet and human rights campaigner, Edward Rushton, Unsung is the turbulent and uplifting story of one man’s capacity to see beyond the prejudices of his time."
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