International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Elimination (23/08)

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition is celebrated around the world every year on 23 August.

This date was set in 1998 on the recommendation of the 150th session of the Executive Board of UNESCO on the day of the uprising of the slaves of Saint-Domingue and Haiti in 1791, which marked the beginning of the process of eliminating the system of slavery. UNESCO invites all UN Member States to take part in the commemoration.

At the beginning of the third millennium, the authorities of the American state of Ohio timed the opening of the Museum of the History of Slavery to this date. On August 23, 2007, the International Slavery Museum opened in Liverpool, dedicated primarily to the transatlantic slave trade. On the island of Gori off the coast of Senegal, which was the main transit point for slave traders, an annual ceremony is held in memory of the victims of the slave trade.