Jim McNeill’s contribution concentrated on how the Emancipation Act of 1833 awarded Bristol-based slave owners compensation of over £500,000 for the ‘loss’ of their slaves. Jim looked at how this money was invested to stimulate the establishment and growth of industrial development, including Gas, Cotton and Railways in the city.

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The Merchant Venturers Building at The University of Bristol.
The Merchant Venturers Building at The University of Bristol.
Edward Colston's statue being unveiled on 13th November 1895.
Edward Colston’s statue being unveiled on 13th November 1895.

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