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William Wilberforce to speak at Bourne Hall
The leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade is coming to speak to a children’s museum club.
A man playing William Wilberforce will explain his fight against slavery and describe the Atlantic triangle of trade that depended on buying and selling people.
The English MP died in July 1833, shortly after the act to free slaves in the British Empire passed through the House of Commons.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries approximately 12 million Africans were shipped to the Americas to provide labour for the cotton and sugar plantations.
The club will discover the horror of being packed into one of the slave ships and understand why 1 in 6 people would not survive the journey.
It will also learn of Wilberforce’s campaign against this trade and what life was like for a slave in England.
Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell; February 9; 1pm; £4 per child; call 020 8394 1734; email email@example.com; visit www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html