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

Chichester West Sussex

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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 kemp8 days ago
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    8 days ago

    An excellent video from the History Chap

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  • colin kemp14 days ago
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    14 days ago

    Vincent Gray has completed the initial work on the figure of the West Africa Squadron officer - he is now working on the figure of the freed slave. Here he is showing two Australians his work and methodology.

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  • colin kemp1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Vincent has completed the clay mould of the Officer in the West Africa Squadron, the next step will be to make the moulds for the resin, a process we hope to show you next week.

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Page last updated on: 7/14/2024 13.42





    Jul 14, 2024

    Dearing Mordaunt's work at Business question sessions at parliament has been outstanding. As Honourable Mordaunt posted a tweet on Twitter about the appeal, I couldn't wait to participate. Best wishes


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    Jul 13, 2024


  • Connor Bates

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    Jul 12, 2024


  • Richard Cooper

    Richard Cooper

    Jul 11, 2024

    It is time this is taught to all teachers, students and university lecturers, along with the book "the forgotten slave trade".


  • Christine


    Jul 8, 2024

    An important memorial

  • David J Critchley

    David J Critchley

    Jun 13, 2024


  • Steve Pearce

    Steve Pearce

    Jun 5, 2024

    My 2 X GT Grandfather served on HMS Lyra. RM Sergeant Joseph Whatley contracted TB while serving on the Lyra in the Indian Ocean. He died after being discharged. His children were sent to a workhouse.

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