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Unlocking the Secrets of Slavery and Abolition in Uxbridge

Added on: 22nd October, 2019 by Sebastian_29148

Unlocking the Secrets of Slavery and Abolition in Uxbridge

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Tue, 19 November 2019

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Brunel University London are delighted to host a series of special activities to unlock the well-kept secrets of British slavery and abolition in Uxbridge, as part of the nationwide Being Human: Festival of the Humanities.

A new exhibition about the British and Foreign School Society (BFFS) uncovers the key role the society played in training Britain’s first black professional teachers and in educating enslaved children in the British Caribbean during and after slavery. In this exhibition, you’ll even see the original “Slave Book” produced by enslaved children in nineteenth-century Jamaica and discover the society’s direct connection with Brunel University London

As part of the festival, you can follow a guided walking tour - Walking Free - to discover the hidden connection between Uxbridge and British slavery and abolition. Visit a former residence of leading British abolitionist, William Wilberforce, and the grave of former African slave, Toby Pleasant.
You can also see a unique theatrical performance, on Saturday 16 November. Breaking the Silence is a chance to learn about the African slaves who once lived in Uxbridge and discover the stories of struggle and survival of enslaved men and women in the British Caribbean in their own words.

The special exhibition on the role of the BFFS has been curated by Mandy Mordue and Phaedra Casey from Brunel University London Archives, in partnership with Dr Inge Dornan, and with assistance from Dr Alison Carrol. The exhibition is open to all, on display in Brunel University London’s Eastern Gateway’s Atrium, UB8 3PH, until the end of November.

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