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Ink and Blood: Stories of Abolition

EXHIBITION: Ink and Blood: Stories of Abolition

THE INTERNATIONAL Slavery Museum’s 10th anniversary exhibition, Ink and Blood: Stories of Abolition, explores the personal stories of previously enslaved people and the lasting legacies of, and contemporary responses to the ending of slavery.

This challenging exhibition brings together a fascinating private collection, modern art, iconic documents from leading museums and archives in Britain, and rare objects from both the Anti-Slavery International Library and those collected as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures project.

Highlights include:

• A newly acquired sculpture of Olaudah Equiano entitled 'OLAUDAH EQUIANO - African, slave, author, abolitionist' by London sculptor Christy Symington.

Kidnapped from Africa when he was just a child, Equiano was enslaved and taken to the Americas where he experienced terrible abuse and suffering. He bought his own freedom and reached England, where he campaigned to end the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


'OLAUDAH EQUIANO - African, slave, author, abolitionist' by Christy Symington. ©Christy Symington MRBS and DACS 2017

• UK Diaspora, a mixed-media artwork by Black British artist Kimathi Donkor symbolising British involvement in transatlantic slavery and including portraits of famous participants in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

• A plantation stock book for Roslin Castle estate, which has never been on display before. This meticulous account of the births, deaths and purchase of enslaved people allows us to see the lives of those men, women and children deprived of their identity and treated without any human dignity. It gives us hope that many of those people would later become free.


Roslin Castle Estate - Plantation Stock Book. Copyright TBC

• Timalle, an artwork by Francois Piquet which features draft reparations forms and is a re-enactment, through sculpture and performance, of the enslavement process. It is the first time this piece of contemporary art has been displayed in Europe.

Jean Francois Manicom, Curator, International Slavery Museum, said:

“For me this exhibition is the perfect time to bring personal adventures and stories back into Official History. Just a few grams of paper but millions of human lives and shattered destinies: Ink and Blood.”

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