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The abolition of slavery

The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire on this day in 1807. The Bury and Norwich Post reported that the Bishop of Landaff thought slavery was ‘so barbarous and inhumane that the abolition of it would be recorded in Heaven.’ Bury and Norwich Post – Wednesday 01 April 1807 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. View the whole newspaper page  


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