About the Liverpool Slavery History Trail
The Liverpool Slavery History Trail is a fascinating walk back in time.
So it is fitting that someone who has moved around the city, explored its history and worked in bastions of white employment should now be our guide for the city and its connections with slavery. In a way it shows that despite everything, the barriers of racism were always there to be broken down and Eric, with his imposing stature, confidently moving between the communities and explaining their histories, seems to be a natural ambassador.
As Eric says: “If you don't know where you come from, you can't know where you are going to. This aphorism, pertinent to individuals, is also relevant to cities. Without knowing about the past we will not be able to shape the future and those who are ignorant of their past remain in a fog of misunderstanding.”
In his company you will be taken on a 300 year journey of discovery. From the Liverpool of the 17th century - a sleepy fishing village - to the coasts of Africa, the islands of the Caribbean, to South America and the United States. You will mix with all walks of society and in their company you will marvel at the disparities of wealth. You will rub shoulders with those who are considered to be ‘the great and good' of this country, and thereby learn more of the true history of the city.
But above all you will gain an insight into how the wealth of Liverpool was accrued and the great empires were made. In short you will view history through the eyes of the oppressed - the slaves.