Washington Donates Funds To Slave Trade Education Project
GREY'S ANATOMY actor ISAIAH WASHINGTON has donated $25,000 (GBP12,820) to a computer animation project that aims to detail the plight of Africans in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The project - directed by Professors JOSEPH OPALA and GARY CHATELAIN of Virginia's James Madison University - focuses on an 18th century British slave castle on Bunce Island in the Republic of Sierra Leone, from where African captives were taken to North America.
And Washington, whose ancestors hail from West African country, hopes the project will help to educate younger generations about the slave trade.
He says, "The stories of innumerable Sierra Leoneans that were forced into slavery have yet to be extensively told.
"I believe this project will begin to shed some much-needed light on the region, both past and present."
His donation was made through the nonprofit organisations Friends of Sierra Leone and the Gondobay Manga Foundation, which Washington founded last year (06).