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Memorial 2007

 

Memorial 2007

Memorial 2007 is a registered charity with two objectives:- 

1.  To educate the public about the atrocities of the slave trade, slavery and its legacy.

2.  To erect a permanent memorial to remember and honour the millions of unnamed enslaved Africans and their descendants.

 

"The voices of those who died in chains call to us through the centuries and ask us to remember.  So let us together build this memorial so that future generations may never forget."

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

 

The work is still ongoing as Memorial 2007 seeks to raise £1.75 million to cover the cost of the memorial sculpture, to be cast in bronze, designed by leading international sculptor Les Johnson and selected after a public competition.  The plinth, designed to be wheelchair accessible, will tell the story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the relief around the base and include Braille giving it accessibility to the visually impaired.  Additional funding is required to cover the cost of landscaping the site and the creation of a quiet garden area as an 'oasis of remembrance'.  A fund also has to be established for the continual maintenance of the sculpture and garden to ensure that the memorial does not fall into disrepair.  Memorial 2007's focus remains to continue working to raise this funding.

 

The hope for the future is that the Enslaved Africans Memorial Garden, to be located in London's Hyde Park, will be a place of contemplation and reflection and at the same time an educational resource for those who visit.  For further information and how to donate please visit http://www.memorial2007.org.uk/

 

Oku Ekpenyon MBE, Chair and Founder Member

The Archbishop of York has been Patron of Memorial 2007 since 2006.

 

Memorial maquette