Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sculpture marks abolition of slave trade anniversary

The international development agency Christian Aid and National Museums Liverpool have commissioned a sculpture from a group of Haitian artists to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the United Kingdom. The Freedom! sculpture, made out of recycled objects such as metal car parts and raw junk, symbolises the continuing struggle for freedom and human rights in Haiti. The work was unveiled on 26 February 2007 in Liverpool's Merseyside Maritime Museum. It will then tour the country, before returning to Liverpool where it will remain on permanent display in the new International Slavery Museum, which opens on 23 August. (more)