International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
On the night of August 22, 1791, enslaved African men and women, inspired by the American Revolution, revolted against the institution of slavery in Haiti. They created a free state and their actions contributed to the eventual abolition of the slave trade. In the Museum on August 22 and 23, pay tribute to and discover stories about those who fought for and found freedom during the American Revolution in the Galleries and in Revolution Place, the Museum’s discovery center.
Discovery Cart: Harry Washington
11 am – 3 pm
Discover the story of Harry Washington, originally enslaved by George Washington who found freedom through service in the British Army. In the 1790s, Harry made his way to Sierra Leone and led a rebellion, with other free Africans, against the British controlled colony and declared their independence.
12 – 5 pm
Join us for stories of how enslaved African American women, such a Phillis Wheatley or Ona Judge, fought for and found freedom.
Ten-Minute Talk: Drayton Brand
Learn about an object related to slavery and freedom in our Galleries.