The people’s memorial to celebrate the Ayitian (Haitian) Revolution and Mark UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition in London’s Trafalgar Square

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

On the night of the 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women torn from Africa and sold into slavery in Santo Domingue (now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic),  rose up against the slave system and won their freedom. The revolution was led by former enslaved African and General, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and saw Haiti become the first independent sovereign nation state of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, the only nation state in the western hemisphere to have defeated three European superpowers (Britain, France and Spain), and the only nation state in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt.

The uprising played a crucial role in the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and greatly impacted the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted. In 1998 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), designated the 23 August as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

Since 2016 Slavery Remembrance has held Sankofa Day™, an annual national memorial in London’s Trafalgar Square to mark this day, celebrate the great Ayitian (Haitian) Revolution and remember and honour the victims of the Transatlantic Human Trafficking and Enslavement Trade. Sankofa Day™ is affectionately known as the people’s memorial, until our memorial there had been no truth and reconciliation process for this heinous piece of our shared history. Sankofa Day is the first steps in the truth, healing and reconciliation process done for the people by the people.  #TimeToRemember.

Those taken from Africa were not slaves, they were doctors, priests, musicians, merchants, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who were enslaved by their fellow man.

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Remembrance Sankofa

It is not wrong to go back for that which we have forgotten

Sankofa is a word from the Ghanaian Twi language meaning “Go back and get it”  (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take)

The Sankofa is linked to the African proverb Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,”  which translates as: “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”

Sankofa is depicted by one of two symbols: a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or as a stylised heart shape.

The Remembrance Sankofa encompasses both symbols as well as other symbols including fifteen circles running down the neck of the bird symbolising the 15+ million people enslaved during this period.

Buy your Remembrance Sankofa badge from just £1 and support the Sankofa Day national memorial.


“We had a beautiful day today. Thank you for such an important event.”

Sinai Fleary

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“It was absolutely fantastic, first time for me definitely going next year.”

Michael Lisbie

“My first time ever attending this event and I absolutely loved it”

Dinar Leo Dino

“What a fantastic event! Incredibly Powerful!”

Michelle Gee

“The afternoon in Trafalgar Square, wonderful.”

Angela Nash

Time to remember

Between 15 and 28 million men, women and children were taken from Africa and sold into slavery.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade is one of humankind’s greatest atrocities and perhaps, in reference to scale, the most heinous crime man has committed on fellow man. It spanned over 400 years, involved between 15 and 28 million (possibly a lot more) African men, women and children and was brought about by several European countries including Portugal, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium.

Those enslaved were taken all over the world including America, Brasil and the Caribbean, resulting in major shifts in the developmental path and ethnic makeup of all countries involved.

Slavery Remembrance is a national organisation established in 2016 to acknowledge and honour the victims of the Transatlantic Human Trafficking and Enslavement Trade, to celebrate the great Ayitian (Haitian) revolution and to promote UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The effects of slavery are arguably the single largest incident in reshaping and defining the world we see today and can no longer be overlooked.

“Thank you for doing that, I was there with my daughter and it was a blessing, she just said ‘mummy now I know where I come from’ that touched my heart, my daughter did not have identity[sic] that’s what I understand, she was struggling and I didn’t know”

ticharosario (2017)

“Very special day. Well done for organising, looking forward to next year and a year of even greater progress.”

Jay 'Asma' Hall

“This woman’s [Simply Sayo] poetry was absolutely amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire event, looking forward to checking it out next year.”

Sondai Az

“What a pleasure attending the Slavery Remembrance Memorial Service yesterday! so nice to meet Akala.. Such a knowledgeable being!”

Kisha Bromfield

“It was a great day and I look forward to attending many more! Thank you for bringing this to people’s attention. Good luck going forward.”

Lucy Reddin

“Up Up Up”

Monique Marie Marie

“It wa a privelege and an honour to perform at such a momentous, important occasion. Well done for all your hard labours Shezal and your team. Keep up the great work.”

Pamela Sakyi

” I was at Trafalgar Square as well yesterday and took some videos. I was particularly impressed with the Lady originally from Jamaica who said she single handedly started the movement. As well as the young Lady poet, whose poem was entitled ” Do you love yourself Black Boy”

John Quaye Quao

“Well done to organisers, poignant but brilliant event I was glad to be there along with my daughters may we all go from strength to strength.”

Melvina Michel-de Sousa (2017)

“I was unavoidably late but so proud and happy I finally reached. Do we wait for same time next year for the next event or is there another coming up?”

Natalie Armstrong

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