Slave Trade History Spotlight on Bank; Centenary Call to Honour Campaigners

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Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

THE link between two historic Liverpool city centre buildings with slavery is being highlighted by the government to mark the bicentenary of the trade's abolition.

The old Martins Bank in Water Street, and a Parr Street warehouse are among 18 historic buildings being recognised nationwide.

Culture Minister Margaret Hodge yesterday announced new protection for the buildings and monuments which have slave trade links.

She said: "It's important we acknowledge all aspects of the trade, the people who campaigned against it and succeeded in bringing about its abolition, and also the people affected by it, the Africans whose lives were disrupted and destroyed."

The old Martins Bank, operated by Barclays until earlier this year, is grade II* listed.

The Herbert J Rowse masterpiece features sculptural decorations referring to Africa's contribution to Liverpool's economy.

Combined with Martin bank's connection with the slave trade, experts say they add to the historical interest of building and were not previously acknowledged in the listing description. …