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Weʼre raising £70,000 to build a memorial to the West Africa Squadron

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In 1807 Britain was the first country to ban the evil trade of slavery. We used the power of the Royal Navy, in the shape of the West Africa Squadron, to enforce that ban. From 1807 - 1867 the West Africa Squadron seized over 1600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans who were destined for a life of slavery in North America or Brazil.

The cost to Britain was the lives of nearly 1600 Royal Navy sailors and financially 2% of the UK's total GDP. So Britain was the first nation to ban slavery, we used our own ships, men and money to enforce this ban globally.

The planned memorial, to be based in Portsmouth, will remember the sailors who gave their lives to free slaves and it will commemorate the fact that Britain was the first nation to ban slavery.

You can view more information about the project on our website.

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  • colin kemp9 days ago
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    9 days ago

    Vincent Gray has started work on the sculpture. We are going to host a series of Open Days at his studio in West Sussex so that new and existing donors can see the process of completing a work of art at all stages. More details to follow:

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  • colin kemp18 days ago
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    18 days ago

    Vincent Gray, the sculptor of the memorial, has just shared some more drawings of the memorial he is sculpting showing an all round view. He also explains the "storytelling" concept behind the memorial and what each figure represents.

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  • colin kemp1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    The team is debating as to whether the sculpture/memorial should have a name to add impact. We are looking for suggestions for a name and the person(s) who submit the name that is chosen will be invited as a VIP guest to the unveiling in Portsmouth in October. Please send your suggestions to colin@westafricasquadron.org

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Page last updated on: 5/16/2024 21.08

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  • Anonymous

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    May 16, 2024

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 10, 2024

    £100.00

  • Gareth Walters

    Gareth Walters

    May 7, 2024

    £100.00

  • Adam

    Adam

    May 7, 2024

    £100.00

  • K Reid

    K Reid

    May 5, 2024

    Joseph White was obviously a hugely talented and dedicated man whose vital involvement in ending the slave trade is deserving of recognition. Thank you for the enlightening information County Press.

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 1, 2024

    £10.00

  • Adam  Peters

    Adam Peters

    Apr 29, 2024

    Unrecognised work by our Royal Navy! Very important to get this history well known.

    £50.00

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