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Between 1750 and 1790 alone, Lancaster merchants were responsible for the forced transportation of around 29,000 African men, women, and children across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas.
Six plinths represent the layers of decks in the hold of the ship where the captured African people were carried in iron shackles, packed like cargo. The bottom plinth is labelled 'Slaves' and is embedded with the famous image of the slave ship 'Brooks', used by the abolition movement to raise awareness of this cruelty. The next four plinths are labelled with commodities produced by enslaved Africans: 'Sugar', 'Mahogany', 'Rum', 'Cotton'. The top plinth is labelled 'Wealth' and is embedded with coins, reflecting the enormous profits generated by the slave trade.
The stainless-steel column lists many of the ships that sailed from Lancaster and the number of slaves they captured and transported. The sculpture was created with the assistance of ten supporting artists and 300 young people.
steel, perspex & ceramic
H 300 x W 100 x D 75 cm (E);
Plinth: H 100 x W 200 x D 200 cm (E)
commissioned by the Slave Trade Art Memorial Project, and funded by the Millennium Commission (National Lottery), Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, and Cumbrian Industrials Ltd
Lancaster City Council
Lancaster City Council
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a metal engraved plaque set in a wall near the sculpture reads: CAPTURED AFRICANS / Created by Kevin R.I.Dalton-Johnson / 'Captured Africans' was developed as part of the Slave Trade Memorial Project, (STAMP) an extensive arts education outreach programme led by SuAndi OBE and delivered by artists Sue Flowers, Max Alder, Anthony Watt, Evadney Clarke, Anita Franklin, Faith Bebbington, Steve Papaye-Richards and Janet Griffiths. / Creative support from Ann McArdle, Alan Ward, Boydell Pipework and Fabrications Ltd, Northern Cast Acrylics, Merseyside Castings and Engineering Co., Thermoplastics Ltd, Trade Engravers Ltd / Funded by Millennium Commission (Lottery), Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, Cumbrian Industrials Limited