News of: Monday, September 12 2005,

Amsterdam mayor's house gets commemorative plaque about slavery

The official residence of the mayor of Amsterdam, now inhabited by Job Cohen, will get a plaque commemorating refering to the slavery past of the building.

The building is located at Herengracht 502, and has been the official residence of the mayor of Amsterdam since 1927.

The house was built in 1672 for Paulus Godin, merchant and executive of the 'West-Indische Compagnie', a trade organization which, at the time, was involved in slave trade. He was responsible for the sale of African who were enslaved and transported to the Caribbean.

The plaque will contain the text 'Slave trade and slavery are crimes against humanity'.