A unique project that will unearth one of the bleakest chapters in the history of mankind will show how Birmingham played a crucial role in transatlantic enslavement.
The African Caribbean Millennium Centre in Birmingham has been awarded £375,000 of Heritage Lottery funding, to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade.
|Dr Clive Harris|
‘3 Continents 1 History’ is a year long research project which sets to show the contemporary relevance of 1807 and the transatlantic slave trade to Birmingham’s diverse communities.
This unique project will uncover the role the Birmingham and the Midlands, played in the enslavement of Africans. Dr Clive Harris, who is leading the projects research, feels that the region has a long way to go, in terms of it’s openness about its shameful past:
"I think Birmingham, like the whole country, is in denial. I am asking for a truthful account of British history."
With its findings the project hopes to expand the coverage of these issues within the national curriculum and establish an archive for educational and community purposes.
3 Continents 1 History will be launched officially at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on March 25th 2007. The project ends with a national conference at Birmingham Town Hall in March 2008.
For further information about the project contact Fosola Oludipo:
Tel: 0121 456 3826