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Toxteth 1981

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Location: International Slavery Museum, Dock Traffic Office, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AX

The International Slavery Museum presents Toxteth 1981, a series of images of the civil disturbances referred to as the Toxteth riots or uprising.

Toxteth is an inner-city neighbourhood of Liverpool, also known as Liverpool 8. Social and economic factors such as poor housing, high unemployment and a general mistrust of the Merseyside Police preceded the troubles. The police were frequently accused of discriminatory and racist attitudes towards the Black community, such as the misuse of the sus laws (which allowed police to stop and search anyone deemed suspicious).

The resultant disturbances of July 1981, primarily involving Black and white youths against the police, placed national attention on Toxteth and its community members.

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