'The absence of a permanent memorial to commemorate the lives of the millions of lives lost to the slave trade needs to be addressed'
–The Most Revd Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
It is 200 years since Parliament passed the Act to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire – the start of a long road to abolition. The slave trade was a profoundly inhuman enterprise and the bicentenary provides us with an opportunity to express our sorrow that it happened.
It also enables us to remember those who suffered and who campaigned for abolition, and to re-double our efforts to address the legacy of the slave trade and to tackle injustice in the world today.
2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act: Calendar of Events.