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The walk from Church Street to the waterfront made its way past Liverpool's historic Old Dock, a now-underground site near John Lewis where slaver ships once moored and were repaired.
Slaver ships traveling the Middle Passage of the Atlantic carried tremendous stores of African yams, which were fed to the brutally imprisoned humanity below decks.
Cooper's ancestors (on both her father's and mother's sides) along with the other new settlers, were appalled that slavery was still practiced in Africa, even as Great Britain was blockading many of the ports from which slaver ships were departing.