Replace all statues & monuments linked to slave trade with Slavery Remembrance Sankofa

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If you believe all statues & monuments glorifying those linked to slavery should be replaced with a symbol remembering and honouring the victims instead, then join and share our campaign #TimeToRemember

This is a petition to have the Slavery Remembrance Sankofa displayed as the next installation on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth and to have the Remembrance Sankofa replace all statues and monuments linked to the Slave Trade.

ABOUT US

Slavery Remembrance is a Black-led grassroots organisation established in 2016 to acknowledge and honour the victims of Transatlantic Slavery. We host Sankofa Day, an annual memorial in London’s Trafalgar Square to mark UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (23/08) and to remember and honour our ancestors. For too long we have been fighting this battle alone, please join us.

We see our work, including our memorial, Sankofa Day, as the first steps on the long journey to collective healing and reconciliation from this traumatic piece of our shared history. We believe that with knowledge comes understanding and with understanding comes empathy.

Over the past few years we have attempted conversations with City Hall regarding the Remembrance Sankofa occupying Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth as tribute to the victims of this horrific piece of British History. We have also sought support from City Hall for the Sankofa Legacy Trail, which would have seen 3D models of the Remembrance Sankofa placed at key locations with significant ties to slavery. Unfortunately, these conversations have gone nowhere. However, now there are plinths becoming vacant across the country, we believe the ideal thing would be to replace these statues with the Remembrance Sankofa and finally bring the Sankofa Legacy Trail into reality.

A new installation is placed on the Fourth Plinth every two years, the next installation is due to take place this year! What could be more fitting and powerful than to have 2020’s installation be the Remembrance Sankofa to finally say Britain remembers, Britain honours.

WHAT IS THE REMEMBRANCE SANKOFA?

Sankofa is a word from the Ghanaian Twi language meaning “Go back and get it”.

The Sankofa is linked to the African proverb “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,”  which translates as: “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”

Sankofa is depicted by one of two symbols: a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or as a stylised heart shape.

The egg symbolises the 'gems' or knowledge from the past upon which wisdom is based. It also signifies the generation to come that will benefit from that wisdom.

The Remembrance Sankofa encompasses both the bird and the stylised heart as well as other symbols including fifteen circles running down the neck of the bird symbolising the 15 up to potentially 150 million people enslaved during this period.

REMEMBRANCE SANKOFA BADGE

Our Remembrance Sankofa badge, much like the British Legion poppy worn for Remembrance Day, has been designed to acknowledge and commemorate the tens of millions of men, women and children kidnapped from the African continent and sold into slavery.

Our Sankofa badge is to be worn by anyone who believes the victims of the African Holocaust deserve to be remembered and honoured.

By purchasing a badge you help us to cover the costs of our work including Sankofa Day.

HOW ELSE CAN YOU SUPPORT?

Donate – Please do not make any donations via this site as they go to Change.org not us. We are a grassroots organisation and receive no funding. Your donations will help to cover the costs of our annual memorial www.slaveryremembrance.org or www.sankofaday.org

Buy a badge – Buy a Remembrance Sankofa badge and show the world you remember.

Volunteer – we need more hands on deck, we particularly want to hear from you if you have experience in bid writing, social media management, web development, technical live streaming experience, marketing, PR or admin. If you wish to volunteer we need people who possess the 3 C’s: consistency, competency, capability. Please send an email detailing your experience, availability and the area you are interested in along with your C.V. to hello@slaveryremembrance.org

You can visit www.slaveryremembrance.org or www.sankofaday.org to find out more.

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