History Walk: Severing the sinews of slavery in Bristol

A thousand year history of abolition

Event Details
Date: , 2021
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free/donations
With: Mark Steeds, Roger Ball
Series: Move on over: From Countering Colston to Black Lives Matter
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Section: Events
Projects: Abolition Shed
Subjects: Slavery & Resistance
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Richard Hart
The late Richard Hart, historian of Caribbean slave rebellions, unveils a plaque commemorating abolitionists Thomas Clarkson, Landlord Thompson and the whistle-blowing Bristol sailors on the Seven Stars pub in Bristol (2009)

Meet at 2.00pm outside M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Walk ends at Bristol Cathedral at 4.00pm (approx.)

This history walk in Bristol City centre uncovers a 1,000 year history of resistance to slavery.

Starting with Bristol’s first abolitionist Saint Wulfstan and the Bristol ‘mob’ in the eleventh century this walk charts the networks of religious and political activists who led popular campaigns against slavery. From the non-conformists and radical currents in the English Revolution in the seventeenth century to the successful abolitionist campaigns against the transatlantic slave trade and the emancipation struggles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, we look at the differing approaches of radicals and reformists. Finally we consider the solidarity between Bristolian abolitionists and their counterparts in the USA in the struggle to liberate more than three million enslaved African-Americans in the Victorian period.

Note: this is not an M shed event

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