Today, Stuart McMillan MSP will lead a Member’s Debate on a Museum for Human Rights being located in his Greenock and Inverclyde constituency.
The SNP MSP has proposed the Sugar Sheds at James Watt Dock in Greenock as a prime location, given the sugar trade’s connection to the transatlantic slave trade. He has also highlighted other historic buildings within the area that the working group he has established have been discussing.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“It was important for me to secure this Member’s Debate because I believe my proposal will bring multiple benefits to my constituency and to Scotland as whole.
“For Scotland, this facility could help teach current and future generations about the darker aspects of our nation’s past. In doing so, we teach people young and old about human rights and why we should respect others, no matter their creed, colour or religion.
“With many links including local street names, industries, and people demonstrating Inverclyde’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade and associated industries, like sugar and tobacco, a museum focusing on Scotland’s role in colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade would, sadly, not be out of place.
“Many people have told me that we can’t change the past, which is true, but that isn’t a reason for not addressing it.
“A Museum of Human Rights would be a fitting way to honour those whose lives were lost and taken by our inglorious colonial history.
“For Inverclyde, a Museum for Human Rights could be the foundation stone on which to build a regeneration project that will breathe new life into the area – an area which has suffered many social ills and is again reeling from the effects of this dreadful health crisis.
“We have a chance to do something positive – something that will be educational, while simultaneously helping bring jobs and inward investment to Inverclyde.”
You can watch the debate live at www.scottishparliament.tv.