The AWHF exhibition is currently displayed in Krakow, Poland at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting. The exhibition will be displayed from 2nd to 7th July 2017.


  • Through an attempt to showcase the richness and diversity of slavery sites, the exhibition on “World Heritage and Slave Trades in Africa” aims at giving an opportunity to interrogate the current representation of slavery experiences on the Tentative and World Heritage Lists. The various slavery experiences overtime include:House slavery is an old practice based on the attachment of individuals/families to others. There are various ways to enslave and give back freedom to house slaves.
  • In addition to gold, salt, iron etc., the trans-Saharan routes (12th– 15th Centuries) also traded African slaves who were exported mainly toward the Northern and North Eastern regions. Various places in Mali (Niani, Gao and Timbuktu) and Chad (Ouara) hosted iconic sites. The terrestrial slave routes in Africa deserve better recognition in the World Heritage framework.
  • Transatlantic slave trade left profound marks at places such as Ganvie (Benin), Goree (Senegal), Loango (Congo) and Little Fort of Kikombo (Angola). It raises several issues and perspectives for inscription as serial nomination on the World Heritage List.;
  • Experience of indentured workers at Apravasi Ghat and testimony of maroonage or resistance to slavery at Le Morne World Heritage Sites in Mauritius offer significant variance of memory evidence in the Indian Ocean;
  • Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania showcased the abolition of slavery after having been one of the hottest ports of slave trade in costal East Africa. One can also focus on issues around the nomination of Bagamoyo as a World Heritage Site;
  • The importation of slaves to Cape Town in South Africa was a unique experience on the African continent that needs to be further researched and communicated.

Physically, the exhibition comprises 8 printed panels showcasing various angles of slavery related experiences through a combination of photos, maps and texts.

The launching ceremony was organised on 2nd July just after the official opening ceremony in presence the Director General of UNESCO and officials present. It was structured in two parts, namely a guided tours and a group photo of officials.