International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition Date in the current year: August 23, 2017

International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition UNESCO designated August 23 to be International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This day memorializes the transatlantic slave trade, that had been exercised during centuries.

This remembrance day was adopted by the Organization's General Conference on July 29, 1998. The first celebration took place on August 23, 1998 in Haiti, celebration in Senegal followed the next year. Later other countries, including countries of Europe, that had had slave colonies, followed the example. Among these countries are France and Britain. For instance, since 2004 Slavery Remembrance Day is observed in Liverpool. And the Museum of Printed Textiles in Mulhouse, France, annually organized remembrance day on August 23.

August 23 is an important day in the history of slave trading. In 1791, during the night of August 22 to August 23 the slaves rose an uprising on the island of Saint Dominigue, that is present-day Haiti. This uprising set forth events, that became the major factor in the abolition of transatlantic slate trade in the word.

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