Slave Trade Memorials

There are a number of memorials around the country to the abolition of slavery. We showcase some of them here.

Anti-Slavery Arch

The oldest memorial to the abolition of slavery is the Anti-Slavery Arch, 3, Wheelers Walk, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AX (listed Grade II*). It was erected in 1834 by Henry Wyatt (from 1793 to 1847) to celebrate the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. Wyatt was a supporter of the Stroud Anti-Slavery Society and he built the arch as an entrance to the drive of his country house. It is Britain’s oldest anti-slavery memorial.

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Photo of Anti-Slavery Arch taken at an angle against a blue sky and clouds.
Anti-Slavery Arch, 3, Wheelers Walk, Stroud, Gloucestershire © Al McCaffery

Captured Africans Sculpture

Unveiled in 2005, Kevin Dalton Johnson's Captured Africans Sculpture on St. Georges Quay is a memorial to the slaves transported on ships originating out of Lancaster.

The Captured Africans Slave Memorial surrounded by a few curious members of the public.
Kevin Dalton Johnson’s Captured Africans slave memorial sculpture, at St George’s Quay by the River Lune, Lancaster © Alan Rice

Fen Court

In 2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu unveiled a new sculpture in Fen Court, London EC3M 5BA to commemorate the 2007 Bicentenary of the Act to Abolish the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Created by Michael Visocchi, the City of London Memorial to the Abolition of the Slave Trade is composed of a group of columns in the form of sugar cane placed around a podium. These suggest a pulpit, or slave auctioneer's stance. Inscribed on the podium are the words of Lemn Sissay's poem "The Gilt of Cain", which weave the coded language of the stock exchange trading floor with Old Testament biblical references.

Stone memorial sculpture surrounded by landscaped shrubs and high-rise buildings.
A memorial to the abolition of the slave trade by Michael Visocchi stands in Fen Court in the City of London. © Corporation of London
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