This day conference, set up with help from MJR, was held at the end of April at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, North Wales. It was led by Dr Nick Draper, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave Ownership, whose research lay behind the BBC programme 'Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners'. Nick took the 18 delegates through a history of Britain's role in the transatlantic slave trade. He focused on the £20m payment by the Government made as compensation to the slave owners in 1833 when slavery was abolished, and the large number of ordinary people who owned slaves. Given the venue and the fact that much of the Gladstone family wealth came from the plantations and slaves owned by John Gladstone, of particular interest was his Prime Minister son William's own position on slavery. Let's just say there was a difference between the received (and sanitised) version and views that he held as a man of his time. In a fascinating and thought-provoking day much was said about the legacy of enslavement, including how its remembrance has been eclipsed by that of abolition.
29/6/2017 05:03:30 pm
This was a small conference, just 24 hours, but what a difference a day makes! Your prayers are asked for my attempts to follow up the many leads and challenges, which this small conference threw out.
29/6/2017 05:14:04 pm
Hi Heather. Thanks for your comment. If I may, I would like to pass it on to the MJR Trustees for their prayers. MJR is about addressing the challenges of the modern-day legacy of slavery, beginning with recognition that there is one! If you would like to get updates from us, please go to the Contact page. We would value your prayers too.
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