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Slave Power. St Paul's discussion inspired by Cathedral art installation

An art installation at St Paul's commemorating the abolition of slavery is the focus of a public discussion taking place at the Cathedral.

Slave Power, a panel discussion on Tuesday 6 May from 2 - 4pm in the Cathedral's Wren Suite, will look to discuss the history of slavery and its legacy today.

All are welcome to attend and there are no tickets or charge.
Please go directly to the Wren Suite in the Cathedral crypt - entry via North West Crypt door. 

Speakers:
Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International
Shirley Thompson, composer
Aminatta Forna, author

The discussion has been organised in response to All the World is now Richer, an art installation on the Cathedral floor sculpted by Sokari Douglas Camp.

The work, six steel figures representing successive stages of the slavery story, commemorates the abolition of slavery and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr preaching at the Cathedral.

Shirley Thompson: "There is a line from my opera series, Heroines of Opera, 'Standing on the backs of our ancestors makes us strong'. This is the ethos that inspires me,the fact that my foreparents were ingenious, courageous and brave and we, as persons of colour around the world, need to pick up their mantles in order to continue the legacy."

Aidan McQuade: "There is a poster I saw in the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, which said, 'Remember not that we were enslaved, but that we fought'. That struggle continues to this day from India brick kilns, to Thai fishing boats, to European agricultural fields, sustained often only by the belief that we can overcome."

Aminatta Forna: "It could have been me, it could have been you. Millions of enslaved Africans were taken from the coast of West Africa to the Americas. My family were lucky not to be taken. If we could all imagine ourselves into the lives of others history might have taken a different shape. Imagination is the root of empathy, as a writer this is what we believe."