Accra 25 March 2015 – Today marks International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This year the theme is “Women and Slavery” and pays tribute to the many enslaved women who endured unbearable hardships…as well as those who fought for freedom from slavery and advocated for its abolition.
A permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade has been constructed at the UN headquarters in New York. Entitled “The Ark of the Return”,(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noDz04g-ZtU), the memorial was designed by architect Rodney Leon and it is to more permanently honour the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. The memorial is scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow 25 March, 2015.
UNIC Accra would be streaming the ceremony live at its office by the Ridge Church. All media persons are to be seated no later than 5:30 p.m.
There would be an exhibition on the theme of this year’s celebration at the Christ the King School., where about 500 students would be gathered to also watch the film “They are we” and discuss the content and the relevance of the Day.
At another event, students from Trans Africa University in Accra would be connected with their counterparts in Port of Spain to discuss the subject via webex.