£4.71 – £6.82
This talk discusses the importance of the city of Manchester and its inhabitants to the abolition of slavery in both Britain and the United States. Although “Cottonopolis” grew wealthy from the processing and sale of slave-grown commodities, it was also a major site of anti-slavery activism, and its visitors included not only celebrated abolitionists such as Thomas Clarkson but former slaves such as Frederick Douglass and Henry “Box” Brown, as well as black celebrities such as the Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge and the “Hottentot Venus” Sarah Bartman.
The Portico Library opened its doors in 1806, just months before parliament first voted to abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Portico Library M2 3HY