West Africa Squadron Memorial Fund

by colin Kemp in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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On 20th November 2023 we successfully raised £11,537 with 289 supporters in 51 days

My aim is to build a memorial to the men of the West Africa Squadron who lost their lives enforcing the naval ban on slavery.

by colin Kemp in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Britain was the first country to abolish slavery in 1807 and it used its naval power, in the shape of the West Africa Squadron, based in Portsmouth to enforce that ban.

During the period 1807-1867 the Squadron freed over 150,000 Africans that were en-route to slavery in America. During that time the Squadron lost 1600 sailors in battle with the slavers and through disease.

At its peak the West Africa Squadron took 50% of the entire naval budget or 2% of the UK's GDP . So the UK was the first country to ban slavery, we used our own ships and sailors to enforce that ban and the British taxpayer paid for it all !

There is no monument to the West Africa Squadron and the sailors who lost their lives enforcing the ban on the evil trade in slavery. I am working with the internationally renowned sculptor, Vincent Grey,  who has designed a sculpture that represents three parts of the story - the evil of slavery, the bravery of the sailors and the new life for the freed Africans. The natural place for the sculpture to be situated is Portsmouth the home base of the West Africa Squadron.

I have a small team that will promote the concept on social media, TV and press interviews and our own web site so that people know that Britain was the first country in the world to abolish slavery and used its own resources and men to enforce that ban.

The first version of the sculpture will cost £70K and if funds are available it will be in place, subject to planning permission, in early 2024 and will be unveiled by a celebrity associated with the armed forces - although I cannot reveal their name at the moment !



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

£100 reward

For everyone who donates £100 their name will be engraved on a brass plaque that will appear on one side of the plinth

£500 or more

£500 reward

Everyone who donates £500 or more will be invited a a VIP to the sculptures unveiling ceremony and will have lunch with the unveiling team

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