The International Slavery Museum opened on Slavery Remembrance Day on 23 August 2007, during the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The Museum has attracted over four million visitors and aims to increase the understanding of transatlantic and chattel slavery and their enduring legacies through education, collections, research and public engagement programmes.
The Museum works closely with Liverpool's Black community and has a community advisory board called the RESPECT group which includes community leaders, faith groups, Liverpool city councillors, local Black historians and hate crime organisations such as the Anthony Walker Foundation.
The Museum, which credits National Lottery funding as the catalyst for making the whole project possible, operates as an agent of change - actively supporting and listening to community partners through exhibitions, community engagement programmes, schools workshops, adult education and a health and wellbeing programme.
The education team leads the way in terms of engaging young people by offering work experience, providing resources for use in the National Curriculum, an Ambassadors programme and collaborating with university partners. The Museum recently collaborated with Liverpool John Moores University graphic art students on the 'Of Rights and Resistance' exhibition, which marked the 50th anniversary of civil rights icon Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said: "We are a social justice museum which shines a light on the past and addresses ignorance and intolerance. We build partnerships with museums, communities and human rights organisations that share our vision and values."
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