London’s finance district, steeped in slavery, confronts its past

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Reuters

By Carolyn Cohn and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – British ships ferried over 3 million enslaved African people across the Atlantic Ocean. Lloyd’s of London insured many of those vessels, the people chained below deck sometimes categorized as “perishable goods”, alongside cattle, by the market’s underwriters. Lloyd’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade is not included in the market’s permanent exhibition at its modernistic City tower but that is set to change. “The legacy of slavery is racism. You can’t do what you have to do to make slavery work unless you constitute the enslaved peop…

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