Tomorrow I am leading a walk in the City called Amazing Grace. It’s subject is the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire.
The history of the Slave Trade is hardly the most glorious in human history. Some twelve million Africans were loaded onto ships, transported in horrifying conditions to lives of slavery in North America and the West Indies.
It was a massive commercial operation bringing misery and wealth in equal measure.
The UK’s part in the Slave Trade is well known. Although slaves were not brought here, the money they earned those involved in the trade affected every level of society.
Slavery was accepted and acceptable to most people. Then, at the end of the eighteenth century, a small group of individuals set out to cahnge those opinions; to bring home to people in the UK the truth about the trade.
Within thirty years they had brought about abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire, overcoming the vested interest of Crown, government and powerful individuals.
If ever you have felt powerless to act against the might of public opinion or the state, this is a story that should inspire you and give you hope.
Meet me outside Monument station on Fish Street Hill for a 10.45 start.
The cost is £9 for adults, £7 for full time students and over 65s.