Launched by UNESCO in 1998, the International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and its Abolition, commemorated on 23 August every year, pays tribute to the millions of men, women and children who were victims of slavery. According to UNESCO, “The occasion offers an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.” The commemoration is part of UNESCO’s intercultural flagship project, “The Slave Route.”
Activities are organized throughout the world in conjunction with this commemoration promoted by the United Nations General Assembly. To learn more about some of the educational, cultural, and artistic programs associated with this occasion, click here. In addition, an International Seminar “Heritage, identity and culture: management of sites and places of memory linked to the slave trade and slavery” will take place in Rio de Janeiro, August 20 to 24, 2012
UNESCO estimates that more than 12.5 million Africans were deported to the Americas and the Caribbean to be enslaved. The consequences of this tragic occurrence still impact our societies today.
Columbus, Ohio–Commemoration Exhibit
The King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio provides an outstanding opportunity to commemorate the abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade through a series of interactive installations that provide a hands-on learning experience, as participants touch and are touched by an important part of world history.
Goree Island: The Door of No Return
Goree Island House of Slaves & the “Door of No Return” allow each person to experience what it was like to be held captive, to reach for freedom, be branded and taken to ports unknown and be sold into a life of slavery. Once captives passed through the opening to board ships they knew it was a door on no return!
Cargo: The Middle Passage
“Cargo: The Middle Passage” depicts the transfer of slaves from Africa to the Americas. Visitors will be able to experience what the slaves may have experienced inside a slave ship while viewing this exhibit that has received a GCAC Artistic Excellence Award. Click here to view a flash presentation about “Cargo: The Middle Passage”
Featured in the installation/exhibit are three panels of oil on canvas paintings that measure 93″x 48,” the workmanship of Ron Anderson, Ohio oils painter and an Art Educator. He teaches Commercial art classes at the Columbus College of Art & Design and for the Columbus Public Schools. Ron has exhibited his artwork in Ohio and in New York.
Anderson’s art commissions include an original painting commissioned for the Absolute Spirits 3rd annual Art collection and two portraits housed in the George Washington Williams Memorial room at the Ohio Statehouse. He recently completed six oil paintings for the Supreme Court of Ohio/ The Ohio Judicial Center that are currently displayed in the Law Library Gallery.
The King Arts Complex’s interactive learning areas in the hallways may be visited anytime that the Complex is open. To schedule a guided tour and/or workshop, call 614/645-KING (5464).