Black Abolitionist Walking Tour
- 11:30 am
17 December 2019
Freemasons Hall | FREE
Come along to my Black Abolitionist Walking Tour of London, highlighting six locations where formerly enslaved African Americans made an indelible mark on the British landscape.
During the nineteenth century, hundreds of African Americans travelled to Britain to escape slavery in the US, to raise money to purchase themselves or family members, to write narratives, or to settle and work here. Individuals such as Frederick Douglass, William and Ellen Craft and Ida B. Wells became famous in Britain and used their celebrity to encourage support for abolition. They exploited abolitionist networks and the emerging industrialism in British society to travel thousands of miles and give hundreds of lectures, from large cities to small fishing villages.
Whilst some of the buildings visited by these individuals do not remain, it is impossible to deny that we walk past important Black history sites on a daily basis, without realising the impact these men and women had on British society.