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8/23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Samuel Maxime


NEW YORK, New York, USA ( – It was during the night of August 22nd to 23rd, 1791, in Santo Domingo (today, Haiti) that an uprising began and was to become of decisive importance for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in this New World.

This date is today the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. In accordance with the objectives of the intercultural project “The Slave Route”, it should be the occasion to undertake a collective examination of the historical causes, methods and consequences of this tragedy, and to analyze the interactions between Africa , Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

The Director-General of UNESCO invites the Ministers of Culture of all Member States to organize, every year on this date, events involving the entire population of the country, and in particular young people, educators, artists and Intellectuals

The first commemorations of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition took place in several countries, particularly on 23 August 1998 in Haiti and 23 August 1999 in Gorée, Senegal. Cultural events and debates on the slave trade were also organized. In 2001, the Textile Museum of Mulhouse (France) associated itself with the commemoration and organized a workshop presenting fabrics called “Trafficking Indian” used as currency for the purchase of slaves in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

With circular CL / 3494 of 29 July 1998 addressed by the Director-General of UNESCO to the Ministers of Culture, all Member States are invited to organize events on 23 August each year.

At its 29th session, the Executive Board of UNESCO adopted Resolution 29C / 40.

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Post source : UNESCO

About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.