ABOLITION OF SLAVERY PLAQUE
THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY PLAQUE
“It gives me great pleasure, as EREC‟s Chair, to introduce this special souvenir feature on the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. I have lived in Enfield for over 30 years and have been involved with EREC for over 10 years and have never been more proud as I was when witnessing the unveiling of the long awaited plaque to commemorate the abolition at the Enfield Civic Centre.
This historical event was held on Saturday 1st October in partnership with Enfield Council, as part of the Black History Month celebrations. Cllr Christiana During, the first Black African Mayor of Enfield unveiled the plaque in the Conference Room in front of a fascinated audience of over 100 attendees, including the Leader of the Council, Cllr Doug Taylor, who also addressed the meeting.
Christiana During said that she was honoured to unveil the plaque, particularly as the opportunity took place during her mayoral year, and she herself being from Sierra Leone, one of the main countries affected by slavery.
Guest speakers, including High Commissioners from Jamaica, Sierra Leone and Angola gave an educative insight into the dreadful legacy of slavery, which not only impacted on the enslaved them selves but on the generations that came after and continues to have an adverse effect on the develop- ment of those countries even today.
In February 2007 at a meeting with the Council, I raised the issue of the Black History events around the country to mark the bicentennial month of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. I explained that we at EREC would like to mark the occasion with a permanent fixture to serve as a reminder in the Civic Centre, Community House and at other community venues. It is with heartfelt thanks to see that the new Council Administration is still steadfast in its commitments towards social cohesion within the borough by marking this commemoration” My special thanks go to everyone who was involved in bringing this idea into fruition”.
Bevin Betton, EREC Chair
Taken from the Enfield Racial Equality Council souvenir feature
"Young people in Enfield will be able to learn about slavery, its adverse effects and the bravery of those who stood up against it”.