Culture Minister Edwin
Poots with Doctor Grace McGrath (PRONI),
Joan Christie, John Gray (Linenhall
Library), and Beth Porter (Lisburn
Library) at the "Ulster & Slavery'
exhibition US5007401PM Pic by Paul
Minister Edwin Poots has opened a major exhibition at Lisburn
Library marking the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave
Mr. Poots said the event, entitled 'Hidden Connections', was
important as it allowed some of the difficult and complex issues
involved to be addressed.
He also said it was important the role of Ulster in the slave
trade and the anti-slavery campaign was fully understood.
Exhibition visitors can view a portrayal of the various
connections between the province and slavery through original
images, manuscripts and artefacts, as well as contemporary books
held by the Public Record Office, Linen Hall Library, Ulster
Museum and many others. "It is an honest exploration of the
tory of involvement in the slave trade, including those
Ulstermen and women who campaigned against it, as well as those
who played a part in it," Mr Poots said.
"It is fitting that this informative campaign should visit our
libraries to deliver its message."
The exhibtion marks the Public Records Office of Northern
Ireland's contribution to the Archive Awareness Campaign
'Freedom and Liberty' which looks at the struggle for human
rights in the past.
The campaign is coordinated by the National Council on Archives
with support from The National Archives and the Museums,
Libraries and Archives Council. It is now an annual event which
aims to showcase and promote the rich archival heritage that
exists in both in the United Kingdom and Irish Republic.