This striking image shows the march of men, presumably slaves, as one of the boats is unloaded. Shamefully, the city became a key point on the Trans-Atlantic slavery triangle, as Liverpool's pre-eminent maritime position led to a leading role in the slave trade. The associated wealth that came with slavery and shipping at the time kick-started the city's development, physical growth and industry, which you can see represented in this image, as the docks give way to a bustling, chimney-filled red-brick city.
The city has attempted to atone for its involvement in recent years, including the opening in 2007 of the International Slavery Museum, the only one of its kind in the world, and the annual Slavery Remembrance Day Initiative which seeks to commemorate and remember people caught up by slavery and its legacies, and celebrate_the resistance, rebellion and revolution that ended slavery. It is a partnership between National Museums Liverpool, members of Liverpool's Black community and Liverpool City Council.