Ideas and starting points

Here are some ideas to get you thinking...

1. Research enslaved Africans stories of

  • Capture in Africa
  • The Journey across the Atlantic
  • Life on a plantation

Imagine yourself in that situation and write a diary account of your experiences

2. Write a poem, story or essay about the journey in the middle passage, or what life was like on board a slave ship during the middle passage.

3. Write a piece expressing the feelings of enslaved Africans on board a slave ship. Think about how they would have felt. Use all your senses and emotions.

4. The original names of enslaved Africans were taken away from them during slavery and replaced with the slave master’s name. Design a piece of clothing or textile using different African names. This piece will signify the loss of African people’s identities during slavery.

5. Write a poem incorporating images.

6. Create a poster to highlight the plight of modern slaves. Design it with the aim of making people aware that slavery still exists in the 21st century.

7. Enslaved Africans used songs to keep to the rhythm of fieldwork and performing repetitive tasks. They also wrote coded messages within these songs to organise escapes and resistance. Write a rap, song or lyrics to demonstrate this.

8. Create some visual artwork to do with any aspect of the abolition of the Slave Trade.

9. Do some research into resistance by enslaved Africans. Create a short animation around the lives of enslaved Africans, their work towards resistance, and anti-slavery campaigners, for example:

  • Ottobah Cugoano
  • Nanny of the Maroons
  • Nat Turner
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Olaudah Equiano