Commemorative quilt on display

To mark the UNESCO International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition Parliament is exhibiting a commemorative quilt in Westminster Hall.

The quilt is on display from Saturday 20 August to Sunday 4 September 2011.

About the quilt

The quilt was made up of squares submitted by members of the public and MPs at a commemorative event in 2007. View a selection of squares of the quilt in the Commemorative quilt section of Parliament and the British Slave Trade.

Quilts have played a significant role in the history of slavery, both as a means of communication and a way of storing cultural and social histories.

International Day of Remembrance

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791 in Santo Domingo (now called Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

This date, 23 August, is now recognised as the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, following the UNESCO proclamation that all United Nations Member states adopt the date and take part in the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition.

1833 Slavery Abolition Act

The 175th anniversary of the passing of the Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies, 1833, was marked in 2008. Find out more about Parliament and the British Slave Trade 

How to visit the exhibition

The commemorative quilt is on display in Westminster Hall. It is free and open to all.

To visit the display enter Parliament via the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance and go to Westminster Hall.

Related information

Where do I go?

Enter via the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance and go to Westminster Hall

Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives has digitised a wealth of material which provides evidence of the issues, processes and people at the heart of Parliament's relationship with the slave trade.

Visit Parliament

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