On April 30th, 2022, Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS) will host one of two events focused on better understanding Liverpool’s concerns regarding slavery, its legacies, and its representation in city organisations. The session invites local and international participants to discuss how universities can support co-created and community-led initiatives, and the development of resources that can be used locally and internationally. This co-produced project intends to move beyond borders and break down barriers to learning about slavery and racism by collectively re-interpreting spaces at the university and around the city, which have been built on the systems, institutions, and inequalities created by slavery. This event will advance the international anti-racism conversation and activism within the university and heritage sectors, nationally and globally.
Participants will visit 19 Abercromby Square, previously the residence a cotton merchant Charles Prioleau, and discuss the site’s links to transatlantic slavery and be introduced to a pop-up exhibition about American slavery. Then, through a live link, we will connect to Gayle Jessup White at Monticello, Virginia, USA (former home of the slave-owning president Thomas Jefferson) for a discussion of the presentation of slavery at this UNESCO heritage site and the community-led projects that have played a powerful part reshaping the interpretation and understanding of enslavement and its impact. Dr Laura Sandy (Director of CSIS, a University of Liverpool research centre in partnership with the International Slavery Museum) will then open a discussion with participants about co-production and the potential for 19 Abercromby Square as a space for exhibitions, resources, performances, and community use. As well as highlighting Liverpool’s role in the slave trade, slavery dependant economies (such as the cotton industry), and the Americas, this event, as part of a broader initiative, aims to link the city’s heritage and people to international sites and audiences, bringing them together to discuss slavery and the global fight against racism and inequality.
The core of this event is co-production and ‘shared heritage.’ By creating an international virtual learning space, connecting slavery sites, which are historically linked but geographically distinct, we hope to broaden the international debates about representation and anti-racism within the heritage sector.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants.Find the event running order and speaker profiles here