Build The First Slavery Memorial in Plymouth (Home of England's First Slave Trader)
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Plymouth has memorials and monuments of known Devonian slave traders, such as Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins (who was England's first slave trader), but NONE to slavery. Especially considering the fact how thousands of Devonians were also being captured and enslaved by North Africans between the early 1600s to 1820! Do you think this is right?...No?...Then sign to change this!
The picture above is Francis Drake posing as Lady Justice to symbolize bringing forth equality and justice before history.
The BBC states 'Between 1562 and 1567 Hawkins and his cousin Francis Drake made three voyages to Guinea and Sierra Leone and enslaved between 1,200 and 1,400 Africans'.
The consequential actions of Hawkins and Drake resulted in British involvement for over 300 years of African enslavement in the Atlantic trade, causing millions of deaths. On the 1st of August each year an African remembrance day is held for the millions who perished and suffered the torture, murder, rape and mental abuse of slavery. However Plymouth has not taken recognition for their part in the slave trade by building a slavery memorial to remember these millions of lives.
Also, thousands of Devonians were captured and enslaved by North Africans between the early 1600s to 1820. To the point where documentary evidence suggests that the number of of Devonians enslaved in North Africa exceeded the number of Equatorial Africans taken by Devonians in the New World. These slaves could be ancestors of people in Plymouth, and would not be honoured locally. So the memorial would incorporate both African and Devonian history in slavery as a symbol of times moved on from the barbaric acts of slavery and into abolition in 1833.
To conclude, the petition is to urge Plymouth City Council to come forward in an agreement to build a slavery memorial in Plymouth as soon as possible.
Thank you for signing the petition, and together we can set history free!
More information can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2007/01/18/abolition_plymouth_slave_trade_feature.shtml
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