The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first observed in Haiti in 1998 and Senegal in 1999. I was no longer living in Dakar in 1999, but I spent many afternoons on Gorée Island at the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves) staring out the “Door of No Return.”
The rebellion culminated in the abolition of slavery on February 4, 1794.
On August 31, the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division, in partnership with the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, will host a lecture on “Resistance to and the Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.” The lecture is free and open to the public. You can register for the event here.
If you can’t make it to the UN, you can view the live-stream here.