This is a past event
As part the University of Aberdeen’s ongoing work to recognise the legacies of historic slavery, please join us on the 30th of March for the online event Powis Gate: Slavery and Memory in Old Aberdeen.
Powis Gate, located on Aberdeen’s King’s College campus, is the most tangible link between the University of Aberdeen and slavery-derived wealth. The gate was built in the early 1830s by the Leslie family of Powis, using profits derived from slavery in Jamaica.
This online event will explore the history and iconography of Powis Gate. Speakers will include Kelly Foster, a public historian and London Blue Badge Guide specialising in depictions of Africans in British heraldry, including those found on Powis Gate. The event will conclude with a presentation and reading by local ceramic artist Helen Love and a poem by spoken word artist Noon Abdelrazig based on their Aberdeen Art Gallery Micro-Commission, “Quasheba /Powis Gate Project /the Violence of Identity.”