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This exhibition has been organised by an Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Bicentenary Committee to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Britain's outlawing of the African slave trade in 1807. It follows on from a service of commemoration and a series of public lectures sponsored by the Committee in 2007.

Many of the commemorative events in the UK in 2007 explored the big history of transatlantic slavery and the fight of British and African activists to end it. This exhibition seeks to show how that big history links to the history of North East Scotland.

The Sankofa Bird


The Sankofa bird
(The exhibition logo)
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Transatlantic slavery is not simply something that happened to other people in another part of the world. Many North East Scots promoted and profited from it, while many others campaigned courageously to end it. It is both world history and our local history.