Abolition Movement in Britain


Tacky's Rebellion

1760 - 1761

Not fully supressed until late the following year.

Granville Sharp takes up cause

1765 - 1767

John Wesley first religious leader to denounce slavery

1774 - 1783

Thomas Clarkson's essay sparks anti-slavery movement


Mp William Wiburforce joins Abolitionists


Josiah Wedgwood Creates Symbol for Abolition Movement


Seal showed kneeling man in shackles surrounded by legend "Am I not an man and a brother?"

Anti Slavery Commitee formed

22 May 1787

Thomas Clarkson travels to gather evidence

June 1787

Twelve Black Londoners Speak Out

15 December 1787

Abolition Campaign gains popular support

January 1788

Pro and Anti Slavery supporters put cases to parliment


Poster of Slave Ship shocks public


Ex slave Olaudah Equiano writes bestseller

29 April 1789

British Women Boycott Slave Grown Sugar

1791 - 1792

British Public Denounces Slave Trade


House of Commons bans Slave Trade, though Lords don't pass bill.

3 April 1792

Abolition Campaign reignited


Parliment Bans Slave Trade

February 1807 - March 1807

Women call for immediate abolition


Parliment Abolishes Slavery

31 July 1833

Slaves freed throughout empire

1 August 1838