A LARGELY unknown period of Lancaster's history is to be remembered with a new memorial.

The city's part in the Transatlantic slave trade will be brought into focus by a statue to be unveiled on the quayside close to the Millennium Bridge next Monday.

'Captured Africans' has been conceived and developed by Manchester-based artist Kevin Dalton-Johnson for the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project .

It brings to an end a massive education outreach programme involving 300 children from around the district, working with 10 supporting artists.

The memorial highlights a time in Lancaster's history that is largely unknown.

During the 18th century the city was England's fourth largest slaving port, with more than 180 ships leaving the city for Africa before sailing on to the Americas in the 'Triangular Trade'. They carried around 25,000 slaves.

City Mayor Cllr Joyce Taylor will welcome guests to a special ceremony where the memorial will be unveiled on Monday at 5pm.