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The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

Events (Archive)

5/30: Coming to Terms with Slavery

Seattle Presbytery

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

The people of Nantes, Seattle’s sister city and former principal French slave trade port, have come to terms with their past by building a Memorial whose scale is unique in Europe. Seattle’s representative to the dedication of this Memorial and others from Seattle who are active in the fight against present-day slavery will take you on a tour of this unique Memorial and discuss the legacy of the slave trade, including its modern crimes of human trafficking.

Date: 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday, May 30

Location: Bertha Landes Room, Main Floor, Seattle City Hall

600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Cost: Free


6:30-7:00 Reception with complimentary refreshments featuring French and African food

7:00-7:20 History of Slavery and Virtual Tour of the Memorial 

Tom Bennett, Past President of Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association and Seattle representative to the dedication of the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes

7:20-7:40 The Impact of the Slave Trade on Africa

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, Principal, Brim-Donahoe and Associates, a consultant who travels extensively in Africa

7:40-8:00 Human Trafficking in Eritrea for Organ Harvesting

Zemeheret Seare, member of Eritrean Human Rights Group in Seattle, a group actively fighting human trafficking

Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor and these Seattle Sister City Associations:

Seattle-Limbe (Cameroon) Seattle-Mombasa (Kenya) Seattle-Nantes (France)

Please join us for a meaningful presentation of past and present slavery

Complimentary admission and refreshments