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Trafficked and Black Britannia at Liverpool Slavery Museum

Ms Dynamite - Photograph by John Ferguson

Two new exhibitions just opened at the excellent International Slavery Museum on the 3rd floor of the Maritime Museum.

Trafficked is a small but interesting display on the very serious topic of contemporary slavery – Yes it still goes on!

Black Britannia is a more positive exhibition of photographs by John Ferguson. You can see them on his website but why miss out on the chance to see the real thing and take in the rest of the museum and its new 4th floor dining room too.

31 July 2009 – February 2010
Trafficked is a community exhibition of contemporary photographs highlighting the on-going struggle to combat human trafficking around the world. Through interactive aids and human stories the exhibition reveals the struggle of people whose lives have been affected by this modern-day slave trade, as well as demonstrating the continuing global work to stop it.

Black Britannia
7 August 2009 – 28 February 2010

Black Britannia showcases 30 inspirational portraits of Black Britons by photographer John Ferguson, celebrating their contribution to British culture and public life over the last few decades.  Surgeons, teachers and fire-fighters feature alongside celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton, Frank Bruno, Charlie Williams and Ms Dynamite.

Each photograph demonstrates the individual’s strength of character and determination to succeed in their chosen field, establishing them as someone to look up to. A broad range of professions are represented and the portraits include comedian Gina Yashere, jockey Royston French, singer Estelle and firewoman Vicky Henry.

Black achiever’s from Liverpool are also represented in the exhibition. Including boxer John Conteh, who was the first British boxer to hold the World Light Heavyweight crown in 25 years, and Gloria Hyatt, founder of the country’s first independent school to cater for Black and racial minority pupils and Liverpool’s first Black headteacher.

Ferguson’s vision for his photography is to inspire Britain’s Black youth in a society where he believes the kinds of Black role-models people grow up with are almost entirely negative.

Liverpool International Slavery Museum