Remembering Slavery

Remembering Slavery Online Exhibition

South Shields and the Slave Trade

"In no place in the United Kingdom has the American Slave warmer friends than in Newcastle"William Wells Brown, 1852

William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown (1814 - 1884) was born into slavery in America. He escaped and became a writer and famous abolitionist. He travelled 12,000 miles in Europe as part of an anti-slavery lecture tour addressing 1,000 meetings between 1849 and 1854 - including places in the North East such as South Shields. Whilst in Newcastle, he stayed with the Quakers, Anna and Henry Richardson, who helped to purchase his freedom.

Take a look

  • A portrait of William Wells Brown. Wells Brown's autobiography, 'The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave', was published in America in 1847. After this he gave anti-slavery lectures in Europe which became the theme of his next book, 'Three Years in Europe'.

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