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Eric Lynch - Liverpool Slavery History Trail

Eric Scott Lynch is a Liverpool born black man, an active trade unionist, retired Senior Shop Steward and Liverpool City Council Trainer.

He left school at the age of 14 unable to read or write, having been ‘educated' in city schools which regarded such skills as unnecessary for black children (and, it follows, black adults). Within a few years however, he had taught himself literacy skills, partly because of his interest in the recorded, (though often misinformed and incomplete), history of Liverpool.


The geography of the British Isles, unlike that of the United States, doesn't at first sight appear to yield any clues to the country's slave trading past. There are no plantations, no plantation houses and seemingly little to suggest any connection between this country and the transatlantic trade in human lives.

Slavery appears as something that happened a long time ago and very far away: out of sight and out of mind. But a closer look at the built environment reveals that links to the slave trade are not only much closer than we realise, but also more numerous.


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Eric has recommended a number of links for related websites, reading books about the Slavery Trade or interesting links about Liverpool.


Website Links

BBC - The Slave Trade

The enslavement of people from west Africa by British, European and African traders, and their mass transportation to the Americas was known as the transatlantic Slave Trade.

Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600 -1807

The Act of Parliament to abolish the British Slave Trade, passed on 25 March 1807, was the culmination of one of the first and most successful public campaigns in history. To mark the bicentenary the Parliamentary Archives has digitised a wealth of archival material which provides evidence of the issues, processes and people at the heart of Parliament's relationship with the slave trade.

British Involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

For well over 300 years, European countries forced Africans onto slave ships and transported them across the Atlantic Ocean.

Liverpool Museums - Liverpool and the Slave Trade

Liverpool was a major slaving port and its ships and merchants dominated the transatlantic slave trade in the second half of the 18th century. The town and its inhabitants derived great civic and personal wealth from the trade which laid the foundations for the port's future growth.


Britain and the Slave Trade by S I Martin

(Channel 4 Books, 1999) £14.99.
Exploring how and why the slave trade grew, this book looks at the controversial role that the West African city-states played in facilitating it. Through contemporary first-hand accounts, it reveals how the business of slavery worked and describes the lives of the slaves, their owners and traders. It shows the pivotal role that the trade played in the Industrial Revolution and the establishment of Britain as a world leader, making a direct link between the barbarities of slavery and the prosperity, culture and diversity that Britain enjoys today.

The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery

(2 vols) by J Rodriguez (ABC-Clio, 1998) £89.95.
These two volumes, covering more than 4,000 years of world history, reflect on the impact that slavery has had on humanity.

Black People in the British Empire by Peter Fryer

(Pluto Press, 1989) £12.99.
The history of exploitation, oppression and underdevelopment perpetrated by British capitalism in the colonies is examined, starting with an account of the British invasion of Ireland in the 12th century and encompassing the Caribbean, India and Australasia.

Aricans in Britain by David Killingray

(Frank Cass Publishers, 1994) £14.99.
A collection of essays looking at the history of African people in Britain over the past 200 years.

Black England by Gretchen Gerzina

(Allison & Busby, 1999) £8.99.
A study of the little-known black society in England during the 18th century.

Aspects of British Black History by Peter Fryer

(Index Books, 1993) £4.99.
Based on lectures given by the author, this book analyses the rise and development of British racism, describes black resistance to slavery and colonialism and shows black people as active freedom fighters.

Black Ivory by James Walvin

(Fontana, 1993) £9.99.
A social history that examines the Atlantic and African slave trade over 300 years.

Black Rebellion: Five slave revolts by Thomas Wentworth Higginson and James M McPherson

(Da Capo Press, 1998) £10.95.
An account of five insurrections by slaves, who successfully resisted the British army, and how the white population reacted with panic.


The Liverpool Slavery History Trail is a fascinating walk back in time and your tour guide is Eric Lynch, Liverpool Historian on the Liverpool Slave Trade. Tours are available throughout the year and for more information please call 0151 478 4499 or contact Eric by completing the enquiry form by clicking here.



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