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Katherine and Olaudah Equiano

October 29, 202110:18 amNovember 3, 2021 2:06 pmLeave a Comment

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African Members of The Society for the Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade actively recorded and publicised the brutal treatment of slaves. One notorious case was the Zong massacre, where over 130 slaves were thrown overboard and the ship’s owners made […]

Sugar Boycott

October 28, 20211:03 pmOctober 29, 2021 11:19 amLeave a Comment

A topic often referred to in Katherine Plymley’s diaries was the importation of sugar. Many members of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade were keen to point out that sugar was a product of slavery and buying West Indian sugar was supporting the slave trade. Non-conformist churches, especially Quakers, were active in […]

Chronicler of the Anti-Slavery Campaign

October 13, 202110:42 amNovember 3, 2021 2:08 pmLeave a Comment

Chronicler of the Anti-Slavery Campaign.
Katherine's diaries provide a fascinating insight to Shropshire society and the progress of the anti-slavery campaign.

Henry Box Brown

Black History Month 2

October 9, 20207:41 amLeave a Comment

Into the 19th and 20th centuries Sources at Shropshire Archives show how the abolition movement found support in Shropshire at the end of the 18th century and how campaigners and emancipated slaves visited the county.  Local boroughs, in particular Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock, regularly petitioned Parliament for the abolition of slavery.  The fantastic series of […]

Black History Month 1

October 8, 20202:08 pmLeave a Comment

Looking at 17th and 18th century Shropshire sources Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the myth that Black, Asian and ethnic minority people have only been present in Britain since the 1960s still persists.   Yet archives reveal that they have been documented in Britain since Roman times.  As part of Black History Month, we highlight some of […]