Abolition WYA is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Abolition WYA

Welcome to Walsall Youth Arts’ website marking the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. Britain became one of the first countries to abolish the Transatlantic Slave Trade when Parliament passed this act on the 25th March 1807.

Although slavery continued, the act was an important step on the path towards ending the Slave Trade, the liberation of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and the Americas, and towards the abolition of slavery. The act of 1807 made it illegal to capture and trade African people as slaves and transport them across the Atlantic ocean.

The scale and cruelty of the Transatlantic Slave Trade mark it out from other types of slavery before or since. It still affects us today through racism and discrimination, as well as its impact on development and underdevelopment of countries and communities.

You can find out more by clicking on the 'Further Information' button or by following the external links from our site. You can also visit or participate in one of the many exhibitions or community events happening around the UK.

Here in Walsall, our website is part of a network of linked projects. The aim of this site is to show young people’s responses to information about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, abolition, the legacy of slavery, and modern day forms of slavery. We want to hear from as many young people as possible, so please send us your artwork expressing your thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Have a look at the 'Galleries' or 'Words' section to see what other people have sent in, or see our 'Project Ideas' to get you started and to find out what you can send us and how to submit your work.

Unfortunately, not everything submitted can be shown. Artwork will only be featured on the site once it has been approved by a steering group.

We'll be updating the website with your views and material until January 2008, so please get involved. At the end of the project we hope to put the featured material onto DVD for Walsall’s archive.