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National Maritime Museum
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Between the 1400s and 1800s, 12-15 million men, women and children were forcibly transported from Africa to the Americas. 

Created by historian Stella Dadzie, this free audio tour of the Atlantic Worlds gallery highlights the lives of enslaved women who fought for freedom. 

Uncover the stories of Nanny of the Maroons, who led an uprising of formerly enslaved Africans against the British; Mary Prince, the only enslaved West Indian woman to leave an account of her life; and Sanite Bélair, known as the ‘Tigress of Haiti'.

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Content warning: Please be advised that this audio guide includes graphic descriptions of slavery and the slave trade. It also includes historical terminology that is no longer considered appropriate today. 

The courage, the risks, the sheer audacity of these women serve as a timely reminder that wherever human beings are faced with injustice, then as now, there will always be someone in our midst who is prepared to stand up and say a loud, resounding ‘no!’

Stella Dadzie

How does it work? 

The free tour is available via our audio guide partners, Smartify.

To get started, click here to listen to the tour on your phone. You can also download the Smartify app for free from the Apple or Android app store. 

The tour is self-guided and lasts around 45 minutes. 

About the creator 

Stella Dadzie is a Black feminist writer and historian. Stella is best known for her co-authorship of The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain.  

Her latest book, A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance (Verso, 2020) explores how enslaved women ‘kicked back’ against enslavement. 

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