Remembering: the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

William Hague

William Hague speaks on the abolition of slavery

Today is the international day of Slavery Remembrance, which William Hague has marked out as one of the most memorable days in British history with his entry to the JTC. He remembers 25th March, 2007- the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery and a day which changed the moral fibre of our country forever.

In his entry he talks about William Wilberforce, the British philanthropist who battled to abolish the slave trade for 26 years before the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was finally passed, and slavery was officially abolished in Britain. He also remembers the famous slave, Olaudah Equiano, whose best-selling accounts of his own life and the barbarity of the slave trade, played a big role in stirring public feelings of anti-slave trade sentiment.

“Today, human-slavery reaches across every continent and culture…” – William Hague.

In his entry William Hague points to the abolition of the slave trade as a moment in history which we can take courage from. He draws attention to the 800,000 people who are estimated to be trafficked across international borders each year, and the ongoing battle which needs to be fought against modern slavery.

You can see his entry by clicking here.


Foreign Secretary William Hague Remembers the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

William Hague speaks about the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks about the bicentenary of the slave trade in Britain.  

We are very pleased to have received a Jubilee Time capsule entry from the Foreign Secretary of the UK, William Hague!

Mr. Hague recalls giving a speech to Parliament on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. His speech, included in the entry, marks the important landmark in British and Parliamentary history and is very insightful about the legacy of abolition.

What events have had an important legacy in your country? Tell us in the Jubilee Time Capsule.