Lit red for Sankofa Day 2020

Sankofa Day is the international day designated by UNESCO for remembrance of the transatlantic slave trade and learning its lessons.

On the night of the 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women taken from Africa and sold into slavery in Santo Domingue (now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic), rose up against the slave system and won their freedom.

The uprising played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and greatly impacted the establishment of universal human rights. 

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “The effects of slavery are arguable the single largest incident in reshaping and defining the world today, and can no longer be overlooked. Ealing’s diversity is its strength, something I am absolutely certain of. We need to ensure that diversity is reflected in our public realm through the naming of our streets and buildings, and not a reflection of a frozen past where colonialism, racism and the slave trade were present and celebrated.”