Much of Liverpool’s darker history is hidden in its side streets, plazas, courtyards, churchyards and other significant locations. This walking tour takes you to several locations hidden in plain sight that reveal Liverpool’s role in the slave trade and the American Civil War.
As you make your way from the Mersey Ferry Terminal on the Pier Head to the International Slavery Museum on Albert Dock, you’ll hear stories about the historical architecture and monuments along the way, and how they link the city to the slave trade. I’ll also answer questions including:
• How did Liverpool become the dominant British and European slave trade port?
• Who were the men that profited the most from the slave trade?
• How is a city centre fountain linked to the slave markets of Senegal?
• Were slaves actually sold in Liverpool?
• How important was Liverpool to the Confederate cause during the American Civil War?
• Did the Civil War really end in Liverpool?
• Why is the city’s Lord Nelson monument part of Liverpool’s slave trade mythology?
• How does the Town Hall reflect Liverpool’s role in the slave trade?
This 40-minute walk takes in important aspects of Liverpool’s past that are barely covered on the majority of guided tours.