Churches remember three extraordinary people in the abolitionist movement

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On the 30th July 2020, churches remember the extraordinary work of three remarkable people in the abolitionist movement.

The Rev Nikki Mann introduces three short videos on Olaudah Equiano from the Rev Eleanor Whalley, Thomas Clarkson from Rev Matthew Bradbury and William Wilberforce from Rev Andrew Hammond.

Please click on the name heading below to be taken to the video reflections, or click here to view them on the YouTube playlist.

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), was a writer and abolitionist. Enslaved as a child, he was taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a Royal Navy officer. He was sold twice more but purchased his freedom in 1766. As a freedman in London, Equiano joined the Abolitionist movement and played a crucial role within it, resulting in the eventual abolition of the slave trade in Britain in 1807. Here he is introduced by the Rev Eleanor Whalley from St Andrew's Church, Soham, Cambs.

Thomas Clarkson

Thomas Clarkson (28 March 1760 – 26 September 1846) was an English abolitionist, and a leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire. Here the Rev Matthew Bradbury introduces us to him from Wisbech, Cambs.

William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Here the Rev Andrew Hammond introduces William Wilberforce from St John's College, Cambridge.


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