Complicity : the Benin Bronze slave trade connection

featuring Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, Executive Director of the Restitution Study Group

May 31, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House, Salmagundi members, and their guests
Eventbrite RSVP required
Program is FREE to attend
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the talk and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
For any questions, please email Brittney at

About the Event

The Coffee House Club presents a film screening of the short film, They Belong to All of Us: The Benin Bronze Slave Trade Story, followed by a talk and a Q&A with Deadria Farmer-Paellmann. Paellmann is Executive Director of the Restitution Study Group, the group leading the global effort to establish co-ownership of the Benin bronzes for DNA Descendants of Benin kingdom captives who paid for the relics with their lives.

Check out Isabel Vincent’s recent article in the New York Post on this subject, here.


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash). Remember: No tipping. Enjoy!

Meet the Speaker

Deadria Farmer-Paellmann is a Black, middle-aged woman with her hair in a low bun. She wears a brown and gold dashiki and holds up a small, curved, gold object.Deadria Farmer-Paellmann is credited with popularizing the slavery reparations movement through her groundbreaking research exposing corporate complicity in slavery. She is founder and Executive Director of the Restitution Study Group, a 23-year-old New York metro-area non-profit dedicated to securing justice for the transatlantic enslavement of African people. Most recently that work has led to advocacy to establish co-ownership of the Benin bronzes.

Movie poster for They Belong to All of Us features a clay-colored bust of a woman in front of rippling water.
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