LIVERPOOL AND THE SLAVE TRADE
Liverpool was a major slaving port and its ships and merchants dominated the transatlantic slave trade. The town and its inhabitants derived great civic and personal wealth from the trade which laid the foundations for the port’s future growth. Between 1700 and 1800, Liverpool in north-west England was transformed from not much more than a fishing village into one of the busiest slave-trading ports in the world and thence into a general trading port and city without peer in the 19th and 20th Centuries. An estimated 15 million Africans were transported as slaves to the Americas between 1540 and 1850. Ships from Liverpool was bound up in a global trading – known as Triangular Trade and accounted for more than 40% of the European slave trade.
The legacy of the slave trade can still be seen around Liverpool today, many streets are named after wealthy shipping merchants who made their money from slavery including Penny Lane – named after James Penny and made famous in the Beatles song.
The team has now sent request to the Mayor of Liverpool and the Liverpool City Council for the possibility of donating material /ruins from the history of Liverpool’s slave traders to the project which can be recycled into new art pieces for the cause of freedom.