On the march

PUBLISHED: 14:59 14 March 2007 | UPDATED: 12:18 04 May 2010

Ely Cathedral’s slavery exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the Abolition Act.

Ely Cathedral's slavery exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the Abolition Act.

MARCHERS will travel through East Cambridgeshire today (Thursday) and tomorrow  to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition Act aimed at abolishing slavery. The March of the Abolitionists will pass through Sutton to arrive at Ely Cathedral around midda

MARCHERS will travel through East Cambridgeshire today (Thursday) and tomorrow to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition Act aimed at abolishing slavery.

The March of the Abolitionists will pass through Sutton to arrive at Ely Cathedral around midday today (Thursday) where a slavery exhibition is running until March 25 in the south west transept.

They will head onto Soham and tomorrow will mark on towards Cambridge as part of a five day march through the county.

During the march, a team of multinational walkers, wearing yokes and chains, will remember the black and white abolitionists of 200 years ago support the current campaigns seeking an end to contemporary slavery and demand an apology for slavery.

People are welcome to join the march which includes descendants of enslaved Africans who are recalling the journeys made during the Atlantic Slave Trade.

David Pott, project leader said: "I have been reminded that it is normal that expeditions involve risks - slave trading expeditions were risky ventures, so as we seek to undo the damage initiated by the slave trade, it should be no surprise that we face challenges.

The march started on March 1 in Hull and walkers will arrive in Westminster on March 24 having walked 250 miles.

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