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There are a number of events taking place throughout Scotland to mark the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade:

National Service: Westminster Abbey - 27th March

Freedom Fighters Storytelling for 9-11 year-olds with Christian author, Derick Bingham Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 27th March 130pm to 230pm (groups) and 330pm to 430pm (open to all) The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street (on the Royal Mile), Edinburgh FREE (booking required) Booking: 0131 2293776 More information:

Trading People In conversation with Louisa Waugh (author of 'Selling Olga'), 27th March 7.15pm St John's Church (on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road), Edinburgh £6/4 (conc.) Booking: 0131 2293776 More information: For other events in this programme, please see

Freedom, 20 May 2007, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 8 pm
OM and Origin Scotland with Exile Choir and Band
Special Guest: Dr. Joseph D'souza, Director OM India and President of the All India Christian Council
200 years ago William Wilberforce's efforts led to the abolition of the slave trade and later freedom for salves through the British Empire. Join with the OM and Origin teams as we celebrate this and hear from Dr. D'souza about slavery in our world today. More information at Origin Scotland website

Not for Sale Sunday, 20th May 2007

Not for Sale Sunday – is an opportunity to say that women’s, children’s and men’s bodies are Not for Sale. Women and Children and Men are made in the image of God, and we are called to enable that image to grow, develop, and be reflected in all our lives, for everybody, no matter their age, race, creed or gender.
For more information and materials go to Not for Sale Sunday website

“This Horrible Traffik”  “Scotland’s part in the Abolition of Slavery 1750-1850”
Monday 21st May at
Poems – Petitions – Popular Ballads
Hear the voices of Scottish slaves and Scottish abolitionists from  David Spens in 1769 to Eliza Whigham in 1850. Courtroom drama in 1778, Andrew Thomson’s 1830 call for ‘immediate’ rather than ‘gradual’ abolition, The ‘Send Back the Money’ song of 1845, Harriet Tubman and the ‘Underground Railroad’ and many more.
Read by: Jim Aird, Bette Boyd, Richard Ellis, Jim Motune, Kokumo  Rocks and Iain Whyte
Producer: Padi Mathieson
In the Netherbow Theatre, High Street, Edinburgh
Tickets £6 [£4 Concession]
ALL PROCEEDS to the work of Anti-Slavery International.

Open Weekend: 16th of June 2007, David Livingston Centre, Blantyre. This event is organised by ACTS and the National Trust of Scotland. A national ecumenical service of commemoration is planned during the day. Keep an eye on this site and contact us for further information. Click here for the programme for the day, Downlad the flyer or the poster for the event.
Read the statement of Scottish churches here

Lifeline expedition in Glasgow 27 - 28 June 2007
There will be a walk through Glasgow on 28 June. Go here for details

Freedom for All, Glasgow against Trafficking, 8 September, Glasgow, George Square, 2-6 pm
An event organised by the Glasgow Christian Outreach to raise awareness on trafficking.

Doors Open Weekend in Inverclyde, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2007
Saturday 11.00 am and 1.30 pm
Sunday 1.30 pm
Meet at the car park beside the Ivy House with the cemetery, ten minutes before departure.
Free Coach tours around Greenock to mark the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The tour will last about two hours. Learn more about the history of Greenock through the people who shaped our past; merchants and ship owners, ship builders and mariners, the ordinary and the extra-ordinary. Listen to some of their voices and hear their stories as costumed enactors highlight events and tell of some of the people who lived and worked there.
Excavation at Culzean Country Park - in search of the freed slave Scipio Kennedy's home. 10 - 16 September  (Scottish Archeology Month).  Come along and watch - questions welcomed!  The NTS traveling display about Scotland and the Slave Trade will also be here - and a display on archeology at Culzean.

'Amazing Grace' film preview Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade 21st March 8.30pm UGC Cinema, Fountain Park, Edinburgh FREE (booking required) Booking: 0131 2293776

"Slave Trade Abolished 1807 - Poverty Abolished 2007?" - Saturday 24th March, at 7.30 pm in Letham St Mark’s Church of Scotland, Rannoch Road, Perth. Event organised by the Evangelical Alliance and Tearfund. Speakers include Rev Colin Sinclair, Fred Drummond, Nelson Mkandawire and Pete Chirnside Further details contact: Tearfund - 0141 332 3621 or Evangelical Alliance - 0141 332 8700.

Freedom for All Walk - Musselburgh - 25th March, 14: 30
This event is organised by ACTS in collaboration with the National Trust of Scotland
The walk will set out at 14.30 from the riverside gardens beside the "Roman" bridge and will end at the Gardens of Inveresk Lodge.  The Lodge was once owned by James Wedderburn who made his fortune as a slave owner in Jamaica. download the flyer from here.

Breaking the Chains Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 25th March 6pm St John's Church, (on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road), Edinburgh
St John's Church on Princes Street will be hosting a civic commemoration, open to everyone, with performances from Roy Bailey and David Ferrard, school soloists, choral music with a rendition of the 'Amazing Grace' hymn that was written by ex-slave ship owner, John Newton, and a minute of silence to remember the ongoing slavery in the world two hundred years on. For organised by the Festival of Spirituality please download this leafleat or go to festivalofspirituality webpage.
Organised by: Creative Space and Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association Sponsored by: The Festival of Spirituality and Peace

Festival and Freedom Walk: A Celebration of Glasgow's African & Caribbean Heritage Saturday October 20th, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland
The Afro Caribbean & African communities are inviting the rest of the city - colleges, schools, community groups, and places of worship to take part in a day of drumming,  plays from black Britain diaspora and the re-enactment of the Act (Abolition of the slave trade) costume making, cuisine, tribal dancing, face painting, and live music  and comedy from UK's influential black musicians and poets.  (Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lenny Henry, Benjamin Zepahaniah) We will bring a carnival atmosphere to the streets of Glasgow. Whilst celebrating the victory of abolition with the Festival, we will commemorate the victims of the slave trade with our 'Freedom Walk'. Processing through the areas of the city most closely linked to this hideous trade - from Merchant City to Jamaica Street - we will highlight the half-hidden history of Africans' contribution to Glasgow's wealth. For nearly 200 years, these scars have been covered by fancy shops and a fairytale history of a city made wealthy by plucky merchants and hardy shipbuilders. Glassford Street near Buchanan Street was named after John Glassford, a hugely successful tobacco merchant; the derivation of Jamaica and Virginia Streets is obvious. The Glasgow Museum of Modern Art - one of the city's most prominent structures - is now housed in what was once a tobacco merchant's private residence. The barons that built Glasgow into what it is today.  African and Caribbean Network, Festival and Freedom Walk, 2007

This Horrible Traffik: Scotland's part in the Abolition of Slavery 1750-1850, 23 October 7.30pm, at Hutchesons' Hall, 158 Ingram St,Glasgow, G1 1EJ
An evening of readings and music commemorating Scotland's role in the abolition of the slave trade. 
The programme of readings is based on a wide range of quotations and commemorates the courageous campaign against slavery led by many individuals- both the enslaved and the free. Readings include extracts from the  Knight v Wedderburn case, which was brought to court by Joseph Knight to fight for his freedom from slavery, and which in 1778 resulted in a declaration from the Court of Session that there could be no such thing as slavery in Scotland.  Other abolitionist campaigners represented include Olaudah Equiano, Zachary Macaulay, David Spens, Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman.  
The readings were compiled by Iain Whyte, whose book "Scotland & the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756- 1838" was published in 2006.
The event will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 October, at Hutchesons' Hall, 158 Ingram St,Glasgow, G1 1EJ.
Unfortunately there is limited disabled access to Hutchesons' Hall.
Admission Charge: £4.00/ £2.00
For further information & to reserve tickets, please contact: The David Livingstone Centre, 0844  493 2207

Slavery and the West of Scotland Conference 2007,  Saturday 27th October 2007
Hutchesons’ Hall, IDerek Alexander, Debbie Jackson) and Renfrewshire Local History Forum (Stuart Nisbet).Ingram Street, Glasgow 10am – 4.30pm  (Admission £10, Concessions £5)
The economic growth of Glasgow and the West Scotland, during the 18th century, was based on colonial trade – which relied almost entirely on slavery and the slave trade. This conference presents new research on the connections between the West of Scotland and the slave trade and will cover history, archeology, art and architecture.
For further information and to book a place contact Derek Alexander 0141 616 5120 or email
See more details about the conference here

Day Conference at Pollock House examining Scotland and the Slave Trade, with particular reference to the West of Scotland.  Saturday 27 October (Black History Month)

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