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Archivist to launch slavery exhibition.

AMERICAN archivist Clarence Davis will launch an exhibition in Sunderland today on slavery.

Mr Davis is in charge of Washington DC's historical records dating to the 18th Century - including George Washington's will - and was instrumental in bringing about the Friendship Agreement between the cities that was signed last year.

Since then a range of joint educational and economic development initiatives have been developed, including a scholarship programme which saw the first two students from Washington DC arrive in Sunderland last week.

Mr Davis has also provided images connected with the slave trade to the Remembering Slavery exhibition which runs at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens until November 11.

The exhibition focuses on the trans-Atlantic slave trade and recalls the experiences of the enslaved Africans as well as the hidden histories of North-East people who were involved, both as supporters and critics of slavery.

It also highlights the contribution of the Sunderland-based campaigner, James Stanfield, to the abolition movement.

Mr Davis will speak at an afternoon of talks, called Reflections of the Slave Trade, held to officially launch the exhibition between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday.

His talk will provide an insight into how slavery began in the United States and the various bids which sought to challenge the practice over the years.

Other speakers include John Charlton, secretary of the North East Labour History Society who will be talking about Slavery and Abolition: the North-East Setting and Pieter van der Merwe, of the National Maritime Museum who will be talking about Sunderland campaigner James Stanfield.

Places are limited and booking is essential on (0191) 553-2323.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2007
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