Event    From 25/3/1807  To 1/8/1834

Abolition of slavery

The British abolition of slavery came in two parts: first the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act became law on 25 March 1807, which left slavery itself still permitted until the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 which caused all slaves in the British Empire to be emancipated on 1 August 1834. The slaves in India and Ceylon were not freed until Britain took over from the East India Company in 1843.

Compensation was paid, but to the owners, not the slaves. Meticulous records were kept and have been analysed at Legacies of British Slave-ownership.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Abolition of slavery

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Aboliton of slavery - SE1

{The statue stands at one end of a long composite stone slab inlaid with a de...

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Bronze Woman

This was the first statue of a black woman to be on permanent display anywher...

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Buxton Memorial Fountain

Due to strong shadows it was only on our fourth visit that we managed to take...

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Gilt of Cain - Slave trade

This sculpture, 'Gilt of Cain', was unveiled by Bishop Tutu in commemoration ...

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Holy Trinity Clapham - Clapham Sect

The damage on this plaque is the result of WW2 bombs.

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Duke of Wellington

Duke of Wellington

Born Arthur Wesley (later Wellesley) in Dublin to Irish parents. After the Battle of Waterloo in which 60,000 died Wellington wrote to a friend "Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a batt...

Person, Armed Forces, Politics & Administration, Race Issues, Ireland

10 memorials
Mahomet Weyonomon

Mahomet Weyonomon

A Mohegan Sachem (chief), grandson of Sachem Oweneco and well-educated, writing several languages including English and Latin. The Mohegans became allies of the English, helping the first settlers ...

Person, Race Issues, Royalty, Tragedy

1 memorial
Bungaree

Bungaree

Or Boongaree. Aboriginal Australian from the Kuringgai people of the Broken Bay area north of Sydney.  Known as an explorer, entertainer, and Aboriginal community leader. Worked with Flinders as as...

Person, Exploring, Race Issues, Australia

1 memorial
Lord Holland, Henry Richard Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland

Lord Holland, Henry Richard Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland

Whig politician. Grandson of the first Baron, and nephew of Charles James Fox. Born Wiltshire and orphaned by the age of 5. Owned 401 slaves. Express Informer provides "‘By the unexpected death of...

Person, Politics & Administration, Race Issues

1 memorial
William Dockwra

William Dockwra

Merchant who along with his partner Robert Murray created the first Penny Post in London in 1680. He was also an independent slave trader who attempted to break the monopoly that the Royal African ...

Person, Politics & Administration, Race Issues

1 memorial