64. Discover the truth about Bristol’s slave trade past

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Take part in the slavery trail and find about Bristol’s role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Blue circular plaque from outside the Seven Stars Pub, where Abolitionist Thomas Clarkson advocated against the transatlantic slave trade

Why do it?

Knowing our past can help us understand the present. The slave trade played a huge role in shaping Bristol’s past and the lives of its people. By learning how the slave trade was abolished in the past we can also learn about how to fight the slavery that still exists in our world today.

How to do this in Bristol

A good place to start is to visit the grave of Scipio Africanus in the churchyard of St Mary’s in Henbury. This is one of the few memorials to the 10,000 black slaves and servants who were brought to Britain in the early 18th century.

Download information about the slavery trail from the sites below and work your way around the key places in the city. There is also the Sweet History? website, an interactive resource that explores the impact of the sugar and slave trades on the built environment of Bristol. It includes a trail map you can follow of key buildings and sites.

What you will need

  • Transport to the sites

Safety tips

Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

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