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Weʼre raising £70,000 to build a memorial to the West Africa Squadron

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In 1807 Britain was the first country to ban the evil trade of slavery. We used the power of the Royal Navy, in the shape of the West Africa Squadron, to enforce that ban. From 1807 - 1867 the West Africa Squadron seized over 1600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans who were destined for a life of slavery in North America or Brazil.

The cost to Britain was the lives of nearly 1600 Royal Navy sailors and financially 2% of the UK's total GDP. So Britain was the first nation to ban slavery, we used our own ships, men and money to enforce this ban globally.

The planned memorial, to be based in Portsmouth, will remember the sailors who gave their lives to free slaves and it will commemorate the fact that Britain was the first nation to ban slavery.

You can view more information about the project on our website.

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  • colin kemp15 days ago
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    15 days ago

    The team is debating as to whether the sculpture/memorial should have a name to add impact. We are looking for suggestions for a name and the person(s) who submit the name that is chosen will be invited as a VIP guest to the unveiling in Portsmouth in October. Please send your suggestions to

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  • colin kemp1 month ago
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    colin kemp

    1 month ago

    I have just been reminded of the words of the historian William Leakey who said "The unweary, unostentatious and inglorious crusade by England against slavery can probably be regarded as one of the three or four perfectly virtuous pages comprised in the history of nations"

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  • colin kemp1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Vincent Gray our talented sculptor has completed the final version of the maquette ready to turn this into the full size version to be displayed in Portsmouth. The changes are that we have added an authentic sword to the uniform of the officer in the West Africa Squadron and we have greatly reduced the size of the plinth so that viewers can interact with the piece at eye level - we believe this makes it much more powerful as a work of art and as a memorial.

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Page last updated on: 4/19/2024 18.53



  • Malcolm Williams

    Malcolm Williams

    Apr 19, 2024

    This will be a fitting tribute to a Great British historical enterprise for good.


  • Heather Elliott

    Heather Elliott

    Apr 16, 2024

    Proud to help in the recognition of these people.


  • P Vaughan

    P Vaughan

    Apr 15, 2024


  • Tony Boylan

    Tony Boylan

    Apr 14, 2024

    Forgotten heroes

  • Anonymous


    Apr 11, 2024

  • Julia


    Apr 9, 2024

    In Memory of The Brave Squadron


  • Linda Clark

    Linda Clark

    Apr 9, 2024

    In Memory as I Look Down from Above


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