Borough takes part in slavery globe project

Borough takes part in slavery globe project

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

A ground-breaking art education project will see globes placed across the borough to highlight slavery.

The World Reimagine project is a national initiative which it is hoped will transform how people understand the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and its impact on society.

The project involves a series of globes to be placed across Sefton on Saturday (August 13) to educate communities on slavery.

The ‘main globe’, which is called Echoes of the Present designed by artist Amy Bourbon, will be placed in Marine Gardens in Waterloo.

There will also be a globe located in the foyer of The Atkinson, on Lord Street, which has been co-produced by Christ the King School working with the Southport Against Racism community group.  Significant individuals important to both global and local history, including civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Liverpool football player Mo Salah will be featured on the Southport globe.

Additionally, smaller globes have been awarded to six Sefton schools, to help teach pupils more about the history they represent.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “I am so glad we are part of this national initiative to raise awareness of the Transatlantic Slave Trade’s impact.

“That history and the history of our borough our intertwined, and I am looking forward to seeing our communities and schools engage with the globes both to become more aware of our past but also in discussing our future.”

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