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

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

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is celebrated on August 23rd of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.

History:

The Day tends to describe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project “The Slave Route”, it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

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

That date was chosen by the adoption of resolution 29 C/40 by the Organization’s General Conference at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint Domingo (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in a number of countries, especially in Haiti, paying tribute to the night of 22-23 August 1791 when the uprising of slaves took place in Santo Domingo island (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic),

This day was first celebrated in Goree in Senegal celebrated on 23rd August 1999. Cultural events and debates were also organized.

In the year 2001 participation of the Mulhouse Textile Museum in France was held in the form of a workshop for fabrics called “Indiennes de Traite” (a type of calico) which served as currency for the exchange of slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. The day also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human

How International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is Celebrated?

The United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day. The day also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.

Schools and youth organizations are invited to organize, promote and sustain activities in co-operation with cultural institutes, historians and other specialists and the media, to increase awareness of the slave trade and slavery, its causes and consequences, including modern forms of slavery, to encourage solidarity with the peoples that have suffered because of slavery and to celebrate the African Diaspora.

Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians, and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance, and drama.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition‘s Observances

Year Day Date
2015 Sun 23 August
2016 Tue 23 August
2017 Wed 23 August
2018 Thu 23 August
2019 Fri 23 August
2020 Sun 23 August

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