Have you seen the new design for our Slavery Remembrance Day posters and leaflets for 2018? They are all around the city centre and waterfront promoting Slavery Remembrance Day and the Unity Carnival. A big, pale yellow flower sits in the middle of a black background. Have you wondered why we have used this image? There are two reasons:
First, and for the first year ever, we have added a theme to the programme of celebration, commemoration and remembrance we hold annually for Slavery Remembrance Day. And that theme is ‘growth’. Many of our events will explore that idea this year.
This year’s design is related to growth, because the pale yellow flower on our new posters is actually the okra flower. We all know, and many of us will eat, the green vegetable – but maybe don’t recognise the flower.
Expert Geri Augusto came to speak at the Museum recently and told us all about the fascinating history of enslaved Africans and how one of their many forms of resistance was through plants. She told us lots of amazing facts and her video is below. She explained that, although we often talk about the enslaved Africans forced to labour on plantations, we talk less about the enslaved people who took the initiative to develop very small plots of land to raise vegetables, medicinal plants and even flowers.
Apparently okra is one of only about 20-25 plants originally indigenous to Africa that made it over the crossing during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.[…]