Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

International Day For The Remembrance Of Slave Trade & Abolition Observed

UNESCO established 23rd August as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition.

Inspired by events of  August 22 to 23, 1791, a night when men and women who were snatched from their families and home (Africa) and sold into slavery revolted.

They revolted against the slave system in Haiti and the Dominican Republic demanding for independence and freedom.

This became the catapult for events that led to the abolition of the slave trade.

As a result of this uprising, Haiti gained independence in 1804, which is the first of its kind and the only one based on the slave uprising.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition is set aside as a memorial for the over 10-12 million people, who fell victims and were taken into slavery, known as the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In observing the Day, the UN invites globally artists, students, educators among others to hold events around the theme set for the day annually.

According to UNESCO documentation, Ghana has 32 forts and castles dotted across the Greater Accra, Volta, Central and Western regions.

The forts and castles are remains of fortified trading locations, erected between 1482 and 1786 and are still presently located at these locations.

The slave routes are links of established routes by the Portuguese in several areas of the world. Particularly, Ghana during the great maritime exploration according to UNESCO.