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    The Zong Massacre (1781)

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    The slave ship, Zong, departed the coast of Africa on 6 September 1781 with 470 slaves. Since this human chattel was such a valuable commodity at that time, many captains took on more slaves than their ships could accommodate in order to maximize profits. The Zong’s captain, Luke Collingwood, overloaded his ship with slaves and by 29 November many of them had begun to die from disease and malnutrition. The Zong then sailed in an area in the mid-Atlantic known as “the Doldrums” because of periods of little or no wind. As the ship sat stranded, sickness caused the deaths of seven of the 17 crew members and over 50 slaves.

    Increasingly desperate, Collingwood decided to “jettison” some of the cargo in order to save the ship and provide the ship owners the opportunity to claim for the loss on their insurance. Over the next week the remaining crew members threw 132 slaves who were sick and dying over the side. Another 10 slaves threw themselves overboard in what Collingwood later described as an “Act of Defiance.”

    Upon the Zong’s arrival in Jamaica, James Gregson, the ship’s owner, filed an insurance claim for their loss. Gregson argued that the Zong did not have enough water to sustain both crew and the human commodities. The insurance underwriter, Thomas Gilbert, disputed the claim citing that the Zong had 420 gallons of water aboard when she was inventoried in Jamaica. Despite this the Jamaican court in 1782 found in favour of the owners. The insurers appealed the case in 1783 and in the process provoked a great deal of public interest and the attention of Great Britain's abolitionists. The leading abolitionist at the time, Granville Sharp, used the deaths of the slaves to increase public awareness about the slave trade and further the anti-slavery cause. It was he who first used the word massacre.

    Publicity surrounding the Zong Massacre and the first case led William Murray, the Earl of Mansfield and the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, the highest court in Great Britain, to order a second trial. Mansfield presided and ruled in favour of the insurers. He also held that the cargo had been poorly managed as the captain should have made a suitable allowance of water for each slave.

    Sharp attempted to have criminal charges brought against the Captain, crew, and the owners but was unsuccessful. Great Britain's The Solicitor General, Justice John Lee, however, refused to take up the criminal charges claiming “What is this claim that human people have been thrown overboard? This is a case of chattels or goods. Blacks are goods and property; it is madness to accuse these well-serving honourable men of murder… The case is the same as if wood had been thrown overboard.”

    Although those who were responsible for the Zong massacre were never brought to justice, the event itself increased the profile of abolitionists such as Granville Sharp and Olaudah Equiano and brought new converts including Thomas Clarkson and Reverend John Ramsay. They in turn inspired the actions of William Wilberforce who led the successful campaign to have Parliament abolish slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833.

    Sources:
    National Maritime Museum (Ref: REC/19), Grayson v Gilbert 1783; James Walvin, The Zong A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011); Hugh Thomas, The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999).

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    Zong massacre
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    The Slave Ship, J. M. W. Turner's representation of the mass murder of slaves, inspired by the Zong killings[1]

    The Zong massacre was the mass murder of an estimated 132–142 enslaved Africans by the crew of the slave ship Zong in the days following 29 November 1781.[note 1] The ship was owned by the Gregson slave-trading syndicate, based in Liverpool, which participated in the Atlantic slave trade. As was common business practice, they had taken out insurance on the lives of the slaves as cargo. When the ship ran low on potable water following navigational mistakes, the crew threw slaves overboard into the sea to drown, in order that the remainder could survive.

    After the slave ship reached port at Black River, Jamaica, the owners of the Zong made a claim to their insurers for the loss of the slaves. When the insurers refused to pay, the resulting court cases (Gregson v Gilbert (1783) 3 Doug. KB 232) held that in some circumstances, the deliberate killing of slaves was legal and that insurers could be required to pay for the slaves' deaths. The judge, Lord Chief Justice, the Earl of Mansfield, ruled against the syndicate owners in this case, due to new evidence being introduced suggesting the captain and crew were at fault.

    Following the first trial, freed slave Olaudah Equiano brought news of the massacre to the attention of the anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp, who worked unsuccessfully to have the ship's crew prosecuted for murder. Because of the legal dispute, reports of the massacre received increased publicity, stimulating the abolitionist movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; the Zong events were increasingly cited as a powerful symbol of the horrors of the Middle Passage of slaves to the New World.[2]

    The non-denominational Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade was founded in 1787. The next year Parliament passed the first law regulating the slave trade, to limit the number of slaves per ship. The massacre has also inspired works of art and literature. It was commemorated in London in 2007, among events to mark the bicentenary of the British Slave Trade Act 1807, which abolished the African slave trade. A monument to the killed slaves of the Zong was installed at Black River, Jamaica, their intended port.[2]




    The Zong
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    The Zong was originally named Zorg (meaning "Care" in Dutch) by its owners, the Middelburgsche Commercie Compagnie. It operated as a slave ship based in Middelburg, Netherlands, and made a voyage in 1777, delivering slaves to the coast of Suriname, South America.[3] The Zong was a "square stern ship" of 110 tons burden.[4] It was captured by a British 16-gun ship named Alert on 10 February 1781. By 26 February, the Alert and Zong arrived atCape Coast Castle, in modern-day Ghana, which was maintained and staffed, along with other forts and castles, by theRoyal African Company.[5] The Castle was used as the regional headquarters of the RAC.[6]

    In early March 1781, the Zong was purchased by the master of the William, on behalf of a syndicate of Liverpool merchants.[7] The members of the syndicate were Edward Wilson, George Case, James Aspinall and William, James and John Gregson.[8] William Gregson had an interest in 50 slaving voyages between 1747 and 1780. He served as mayor of Liverpool in 1762.[9] By the end of his life, vessels in which Gregson had a financial stake had carried 58,201 enslaved people from Africa to slavery in the Americas.[10]

    The Zong was paid for with bills of exchange, and the 244 slaves already on board were part of the transaction.[7] The ship was not insured until after it started its voyage.[11] The insurers, a syndicate from Liverpool, underwrote the ship and slaves for up to £8,000, approximately half the slaves' potential market value. The remaining risk was borne by the owners.[11][12]

    Crew[edit]
    The Zong was the first command of Luke Collingwood, formerly the surgeon on the William.[9] While Collingwood lacked experience in navigation and command, ship's surgeons were typically involved in selecting slaves for purchase in Africa, so their medical expertise supported the determination of "commodity value" for a captive.[13] If the surgeon rejected a captive, that individual suffered "commercial death," being of no value and was liable to be killed by African handlers.[13]Sometimes these killings happened in the presence of the surgeon. It is likely that Collingwood had already witnessed the mass-murder of slaves. As the historian Jeremy Krikler commented, this may have prepared him psychologically to condone the massacre which took place on the Zong.[13][14][15] The Zong‍‍ '‍s first mate was James Kelsall, who had also served on the William.[9]

    The vessel's only passenger, Robert Stubbs, was a former captain of slave ships. In early 1780 he was appointed by the African Committee of the Royal African Company, as the governor of Anomabu, a British fortification near Cape Coast Castle in Ghana.[16] This position made him also vice-president of the RAC Council of the Castle.[16] Due to his ineptitude and enmity incurred with John Roberts, governor of the Castle, Stubbs was forced out of the governorship of Anomabu by the RAC Council after nine months.[16][17] Witness statements gathered by the African Committee of the RAC, accused him of being a semi-literate drunkard who mismanaged the slave-trading activities of the fort.[18] Stubbs was aboard to return to Britain; Collingwood may have thought his earlier experience on slave ships would be useful.[16]

    The Zong had a 17-man crew when it left Africa, which was far too small to maintain adequate sanitary conditions on the ship.[19] Mariners willing to risk disease and slave rebellions on slave ships were difficult to recruit within Britain and were harder to find for a vessel captured from the Dutch off the coast of Africa.[20] The Zong was manned with remnants of the previous Dutch crew, the crew of the William and with unemployed sailors hired from the settlements along the African coast.[11]

    The Middle Passage[edit]
    The Zong had taken on more than twice the number of people that it could safely transport, when it sailed from Accra with 442 enslaved people on 18 August 1781.[11] In the 1780s, British-built ships typically carried 1.75 enslaved people per ton of the ship's capacity; on the Zong, the ratio was 4.0 per ton.[21] A British slave ship of the period would carry around 193 enslaved and it was extremely unusual for a ship of the Zong‍‍ '‍s relatively small size to carry so many.[22]

    After taking on drinking water at São Tomé, the Zong began its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to Jamaica on 6 September. On 18 or 19 November, the ship neared Tobago in the Caribbean but failed to stop there to replenish its water supplies.[23]

    It is unclear who, if anyone, was in charge of the ship at this point.[24] The captain Luke Collingwood had been gravely ill for some time.[25] The man who would normally have replaced him, first mate James Kelsall, had been previously suspended from duty following an argument on 14 November.[25] Robert Stubbs had captained a slave ship several decades earlier and he temporarily commanded the Zong in Collingwood's absence but he was not a registered member of the vessel's crew.[26] According to historian James Walvin, the breakdown of the command structure on the ship might explain why subsequent navigational errors were committed and why checks on supplies of drinking water were not made.[27]

    Massacre[edit]
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    Map of the Caribbean, showing Tobago,Hispaniola (red) and Jamaica (blue)


    On 27 or 28 November, the crew sighted Jamaica at a distance of 27 nautical miles (50 km; 31 mi) but misidentified it as the French colony of Saint-Domingue on the island of Hispaniola.[28][29] The Zong continued on its westward course, leaving Jamaica behind. This mistake was recognised only after the ship was 300 miles (480 km) leeward of the island.[28] Overcrowding, malnutrition, accidents and disease had already killed several mariners and approximately 62 enslaved Africans.[30] James Kelsall later claimed that there was only four days' water remaining on the ship, when the navigational error was discovered and Jamaica was still 10–13 sailing days away.[31]

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    Plan of the slave shipBrookes, carrying 454 slaves.

    Before the Slave Trade Act 1788, the Brookes had transported 609 slaves and was 267 tons burden, making 2.3 slaves per ton. The Zongcarried 442 slaves and was 110 tons burden—4.0 slaves per ton.[22]

    If the enslaved died onshore, the Liverpool ship-owners would have had no redress from their insurers. Similarly, if the slaves died a "natural death" (as the contemporary term put it) at sea, then insurance could not be claimed. If some slaves were jettisoned in order to save the rest of the "cargo" or the ship, then a claim could be made under the notion of "general average".[32] The ship's insurance covered the loss of slaves at £30 a head.[33]

    On 29 November, the crew assembled to consider the proposal that some of the slaves should be thrown overboard.[34] James Kelsall later claimed that he had disagreed with the plan at first but it was soon unanimously agreed.[33][34] On 29 November, 54 women and children were thrown through cabin windows into the sea.[35] On 1 December, 42 male slaves were thrown overboard; 36 slaves followed in the next few days.[35] Another ten, in a display of defiance at the inhumanity of the slavers, jumped into the sea.[35] Having heard the shrieks of the victims as they were thrown into the water, one slave requested that the remaining Africans be denied all food and drink rather than be thrown into the sea. This request was ignored by the crew.[36] The account of the King's Bench trial, reports that one slave managed to climb back onto the ship.[37]

    The crew claimed that the slaves had been jettisoned because the ship did not have enough water to keep all the slaves alive for the rest of the voyage. This claim was later disputed, as the ship had 420 imperial gallons (1,900 l) of water left when it arrived in Jamaica on 22 December.[33] An affidavit later made by Kelsall, stated that on 1 December, when 42 slaves were killed, it rained heavily for more than a day, allowing six casks of water (sufficient for eleven days) to be collected.[33][38]

    Subsequent history of the Zong[edit]
    On 22 December 1781, the Zong arrived at Black River, Jamaica, with 208 enslaved people on board, less than half the number taken from Africa.[35] The enslaved people sold for an average price of £36 each.[4] The Jamaican Vice-Admiralty court upheld the legality of the British capture of the Zong from the Dutch, and the syndicate renamed the ship Richard of Jamaica.[4] Luke Collingwood died three days after the Zong reached Jamaica, two years before the 1783 court proceedings about the case.[39]

    Legal proceedings[edit]
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    William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield in his parliamentary robes as an Earl[40]

    When the news of the Zong‍‍ '‍s voyage reached Britain, the ship's owners claimed compensation from their insurers for the loss of the slaves. The insurers refused to honour the claim and were taken to court by the Liverpool syndicate.[41] The logbook of the Zongwent missing after the ship reached Jamaica, two years before the hearings started. The legal proceedings provide almost all the documentary evidence about the massacre but there is no formal record of the first trial other than what is referred to in the appeals hearing.[42] The ship's insurers claimed that the log had been deliberately destroyed, which the Gregson syndicate denied.[43]

    Almost all the surviving source material is of questionable reliability. The two witnesses who gave evidence, Robert Stubbs and James Kelsall, were strongly motivated to exonerate themselves from blame.[note 2] It is possible that the figures concerning the number of slaves killed, the amount of water that remained on the ship and the distance beyond Jamaica that the Zong had mistakenly sailed are inaccurate.[44]

    First trial[edit]
    Legal proceedings began when the insurers refused to compensate the owners of the Zong. The dispute was initially tried at theGuildhall in London[45] on 6 March 1783, with the Lord Chief Justice, the Earl of Mansfield, overseeing the trial before a jury.[41]Mansfield was previously the judge in Somersett's Case in 1772, which concerned the legality of keeping slaves in Britain. He had ruled that slavery had never been established by statute in Britain and was not supported by common law.[46]

    Robert Stubbs was the only witness in the first Zong trial and the jury found in favour of the owners, under an established protocol in maritime insurance that considered slaves as cargo.[47] On 19 March 1783, Olaudah Equiano, a freed slave, told the anti-slave-trade activist Granville Sharp of the events aboard the Zong and a newspaper soon carried a lengthy account, reporting that the captain had ordered the slaves killed in three batches.[48][49] Sharp sought legal advice the next day, about the possibility of prosecuting the crew for murder.[50]

    King's Bench appeal[edit]
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    Granville Sharp, from a drawing by George Dance


    The insurers of the Zong applied to the Earl of Mansfield to have the previous verdict set aside and for the case to be tried again.[51]A hearing was held at the Court of King's Bench in Westminster Hall from 21–22 May 1783, before Mansfield and two other King's Bench judges, Mr Justice Buller and Mr Justice Willes.[52] The Solicitor General, John Lee, appeared on behalf of the Zong‍‍ '‍s owners, as he had done previously in the Guildhall trial.[53] Granville Sharp was also in attendance, together with a secretary he had hired to take a written record of the proceedings.[54]

    Summing up the verdict reached in the first trial, Mansfield said that the jury, had no doubt (though it shocks one very much) that the Case of Slaves was the same as if Horses had been thrown over board ... The Question was, whether there was not an Absolute Necessity for throwing them over board to save the rest, [and] the Jury were of opinion there was ...[55][56]

    Collingwood had died in 1781 soon after the ship reached Jamaica and the only witness of the Zong massacre to appear at Westminster Hall was passenger Robert Stubbs, although a written affidavit by first mate James Kelsall was made available to the lawyers.[57] Stubbs claimed that there was "an absolute Necessity for throwing over the Negroes", because the crew feared all the slaves would die if they did not throw some into the sea.[58] The insurers of the Zong argued that Collingwood had made "a Blunder and Mistake" in sailing beyond Jamaica and that the slaves had been killed so their owners could claim compensation.[58] They alleged that Collingwood did this, because he did not want his first voyage as a slave ship captain to be unprofitable.[59]

    John Lee responded by saying that the slaves "perished just as a Cargo of Goods perished" and were jettisoned for the greater good of the ship.[60] The insurers' legal team replied that Lee's argument could never justify the killing of innocent people; each of the three addressed issues of humanity in the treatment of the slaves and said that the actions of the Zong‍‍ '‍s crew were nothing less than murder.[60] As historian James Walvin has argued, it is possible that Granville Sharp directly influenced the strategy of the insurers' legal team.[60]

    At the hearing, new evidence was heard, that heavy rain had fallen on the ship on the second day of the killings but a third batch of slaves was killed after that. This led Mansfield to order another trial, because the rainfall meant that the killing of those slaves, after the water shortage had been eased, could not be justified in terms of the greater necessity of saving the ship and the rest of its human cargo.[61][62] One of the justices in attendance also said that this evidence invalidated the findings of the jury in the first trial, as the jury had heard testimony that the water shortage resulted from the poor condition of the ship, brought on by unforeseen maritime conditions, rather than from errors committed by its captain.[63] Mansfield concluded that the insurers were not liable for losses resulting from errors committed by the Zong‍‍ '‍s crew.[64]

    There is no evidence that another trial was held on this issue.[65][66] Despite Granville Sharp's efforts, no member of the crew was prosecuted for the murder of the slaves.[67] A summary of the appeal on the Zong case, was eventually published in the nominate reports prepared from the contemporaneous manuscript notes ofSylvester Douglas, Baron Glenbervie, and others. It was published in 1831 as Gregson v Gilbert (1783) 3 Doug. KB 232.[68][note 3]

    Mansfield's motivations[edit]
    Jeremy Krikler has argued that Mansfield wanted to ensure that commercial law remained as helpful to Britain's overseas trade as possible and as a consequence was keen to uphold the principle of "general average", even in relation to the killing of humans. This principle holds that a captain who jettisons part of his cargo in order to save the rest, can claim for the loss from his insurers. For Mansfield to have found in favour of the insurers, would have greatly undermined this idea.[69]The revelation that rain had fallen during the period of the killings, enabled Mansfield to order a retrial, while leaving the notion of "general average" intact. He emphasised that the massacre would have been legally justified and the owners' insurance claim would have been valid, if the water shortage had not arisen from mistakes made by the captain.[64]

    Krikler comments that Mansfield's conclusions ignored the ruling precedent of his predecessor, Matthew Hale, that the killing of innocents in the name of self-preservation was unlawful. This ruling was to prove important a century later in R v Dudley and Stephens, which also concerned the justifiability of acts of murder at sea.[46] Mansfield also failed to acknowledge another important legal principle—that no insurance claim can be legal if it arose from an illegal act.[70]

    Effect on the abolitionist movement[edit]
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    Depiction of the torture of a female slave by Captain John Kimber, produced in 1792.

    Unlike the crew of the Zong, Kimber was tried for the murder of two female slaves. The trial generated substantial news coverage in addition to printed images such as this—unlike the limited reporting of theZong killings a decade earlier.[71]
    Granville Sharp campaigned to raise awareness of the massacre, writing letters to newspapers, the Lords Commissioners of Admiralty and the Prime Minister (the Duke of Portland).[72][73] Neither Portland nor the Admiralty sent him a reply.[73] The first Zong trial in March 1783, had been reported only by a single London newspaper but it provided details of events.[74]Little about the massacre appeared in print before 1787.[71][75] The newspaper article in March 1783, was the first public report of the massacre and it was published nearly 18 months after the event.[76]

    Despite these setbacks, Sharp's efforts did have some success. In April 1783, he sent an account of the Zong massacre toWilliam Dillwyn, a Quaker, who had asked to see evidence that was critical of the slave trade. The London Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends decided shortly after, to begin campaigning against slavery and a petition signed by 273 Quakers was submitted to parliament in July 1783.[77] Sharp also sent letters to Anglican bishops, clergy and to those already sympathetic to the abolitionist cause.[78]

    The immediate effect of the Zong massacre on public opinion was limited, demonstrating—as the historian of abolitionismSeymour Drescher has noted—the challenge that the early abolitionists faced.[75] Following Sharp's efforts, the Zongmassacre became an important topic in abolitionist literature and the massacre was discussed in works by Thomas Clarkson, Ottobah Cugoano, James Ramsay and John Newton.[79][80] These accounts often omitted the names of the ship and its captain, thereby creating, in the words of Srividhya Swaminathan, "a portrait of abuse that could be mapped onto any ship in the Middle Passage".[81][82]

    The Zong killings offered a powerful example of the horrors of the slave trade, stimulating the development of the abolitionist movement in Britain, which dramatically expanded in size and influence in the late 1780s.[76][83][84] In 1787, the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was founded.[2]

    Parliament received numerous petitions against the slave trade and examined the issue in 1788. With strong support by Sir William Dolben, who had toured a slave ship, it passed the Slave Trade Act 1788 (Dolben's Act), which was its first legislation to regulate the slave trade. It restricted the number of slaves that could be transported, to reduce problems of overcrowding and poor sanitation. Its renewal in 1794 included an amendment that limited the scope of insurance policies concerning slaves, rendering illegal such generalised phrases that promised to insure against "all other Perils, Losses, and Misfortunes." (The Zong owners' representatives had highlighted such a phrase in seeking their claim at the King's Bench hearing.)[85] The act had to be renewed annually and Dolben led these efforts, speaking frequently to parliament in opposition to slavery.[86] The Slave Trade Act of 1799 was passed to make these provisions permanent.

    Abolitionists, notably William Wilberforce, continued their effort to end the slave trade. Britain passed the Slave Trade Act 1807, which prohibited the Atlantic slave trade and was enforced by the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron. The United States also prohibited the Atlantic slave trade in 1808 and helped intercept illegal slave ships at sea, predominately after 1842.

    In 1823, the Anti-Slavery Society was founded in Britain, dedicated to abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire, later achieved through the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. The massacre on the Zong was frequently cited in abolitionist literature in the 19th century; in 1839, Thomas Clarkson published his History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade, which included an account of the Zong killings.[87][88]

    Clarkson's book had an important influence on the artist J. M. W. Turner, who displayed a painting at the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1840 entitled The Slave Ship. The painting depicts a vessel, from which a number of manacled slaves have been thrown into the sea, to be devoured by sharks. Some of the details in the painting, such as the shackles worn by the slaves, appear to have been influenced by the illustrations in Clarkson's book.[88] The painting was shown at an important time in the movement to abolish slavery worldwide, as the Royal Academy exhibition opened one month before the first World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.[89][90] The painting was admired by its owner, John Ruskin. It has been described by the 20th-century critic Marcus Wood, as one of the few truly great depictions in Western art of the Atlantic slave trade.[91]

    In modern culture[edit]
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    Kaskelot, appearing as the Zong, atTower Bridge during commemoration of the 200th anniversary of abolition in 2007


    The Zong has inspired several works of literature. Fred D'Aguiar's novel Feeding the Ghosts (1997), tells the story of an enslaved African, who survives being thrown overboard from the Zong. In the novel, the journal of the slave—Mintah—is lost, unlike that of Granville Sharp. According to the cultural historian Anita Rupprecht, this signifies the silencing of African voices about the massacre.[37]

    M. NourbeSe Philip's 2008 poetry book, Zong!, is based on the events surrounding the massacre and uses the account of the King's Bench hearing as its source.[37]

    Margaret Busby's play An African Cargo, staged by Nitro theatre company at Greenwich Theatre in 2007, dealt with the massacre and the 1783 trials, making use of the legal transcripts.[92][93]

    An episode of the television programme Garrow's Law (2010) is loosely based on the legal events arising from the massacre.[94] The historical William Garrow did not take part in the case and because the Zong‍‍ '‍s captain died shortly after arriving in Jamaica, his appearance in court for fraud is also fictional.[95]

    The Zong case was prominently featured in the film Belle (2013), which tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle who lived in the household of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, and features him giving the landmark verdict.[96]

    2007 abolition commemorations[edit]

    In 2007, a memorial stone was erected at Black River, Jamaica, near where the Zong would have landed.[97] A sailing ship representing Zong was sailed to Tower Bridge in London in March 2007, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, at a cost of £300,000. The vessel housed depictions of the Zong massacre and the slave trade.[97] It was accompanied by HMS Northumberland, with an exhibition on board commemorating the role of theRoyal Navy in the suppression of the slave trade after 1807.[98]

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    Why not focus on how these Africans crossed the Atlantic as bearers of technical culture over 2000 years before Christopher Columbus was born as opposed to immersing yourself in all that so very very traumatizing GRIEF?

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    Oh, I see, you understand that Jews want us to never forget their holocaust, but we should sweep ours under the rug? Good to know.
     
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    [QUOTE="Black Phoenix, post: 925706, member: 55884" Oh, I see, you understand that Jews want us to never forget their holocaust, but we should sweep ours under the rug? Good to know. /QUOTE] Why have one of the worst, most traumatizing collective defeats on the historical record as literally the only history most of our people KNOW, as opposed to our so diverse and uplifting contributions in every area of human activity to civilization/ technical culture which are still being either marginalized or totally ignored by the current status quo?

    Are YOU genuinely unaware of the fact that no Japanese history teacher is allowed to teach the easily verifiable facts with regard to the 11 million Chinese the Japanese slaughtered between 1930-45 and the other atrocities committed by Japan’s armed forces in White on White World War II, as they aren’t pepared to have that amount of negativity become an integral part of Japanese people’s knowledge base; thus are you going to highlight what is to be gained by our people generally, youth/FUTURE specifically from learning about the Zong massacre in such detail?

    BTW, what do YOU KNOW about the Olmec Heads [17 ten to 40 ton sculptures dated from 1200-400 BCE that have been dug up in Mexico to date]?


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    Arrogant, aren't we? If I wanted lessons, you are most definitely not someone I would seek out nor listen to. Insulting other people's intelligence is not the best method to try to get your point across.

    Adieu.
     
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    [QUOTE="Black Phoenix, post: 925706, member: 55884" Oh, I see, you understand that Jews want us to never forget their holocaust, but we should sweep ours under the rug? Good to know. /QUOTE] Why have one of the worst, most traumatizing collective defeats on the historical record as literally the only history most of our people KNOW, as opposed to our so diverse and uplifting contributions in every area of human activity to civilization/ technical culture which are still being either marginalized or totally ignored by the current status quo?

    Are YOU genuinely unaware of the fact that no Japanese history teacher is allowed to teach the easily verifiable facts with regard to the 11 million Chinese the Japanese slaughtered between 1930-45 and the other atrocities committed by Japan’s armed forces in White on White World War II, as they aren’t pepared to have that amount of negativity become an integral part of Japanese people’s knowledge base; thus are you going to highlight what is to be gained by our people generally, youth/FUTURE specifically from learning about the Zong massacre in such detail?

    BTW, what do YOU KNOW about the Olmec Heads [17 ten to 40 ton sculptures dated from 1200-400 BCE that have been dug up in Mexico to date]?


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    [QUOTE="Black Phoenix, post: 925798, member: 55884" Arrogant, aren't we? If I wanted lessons, you are most definitely not someone I would seek out nor listen to. Insulting other people's intelligence is not the best method to try to get your point across.

    Adieu. /QUOTE]
    WHATEVER!

    Where are all of you TROLLS/BATTERING RAMS coming from in that posting long very detailed accounts with regard to the so maliciously EVIL crimes inflicted on our enslaved African ancestors by very despicably cowardly PALEFACE PARASITES is going to aid [as opposed to traumatize/paralyze] our people generally, youth specifically with regard to coping with this increasingly competitive environment in the 21st century, how exactly?

    Is there a specific reason why you TROLLS never ever address assertions or answer questions in the direct manner possible with this medium, if you really do have anything rationally intelligent to project and promote?


    Isn’t ANYONE who genuinely believes they are not programmed
    graphically illustrating that their programming is COMPLETE?
     
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