At the Cowper and Newton Museum

During their lifetimes, William Cowper and the Reverend John Newton were both involved in the campaign to abolish the slave trade in Britain:

William’s poems became anti-slavery ballads and one was republished as ‘A Subject for Conversation at the Tea-table’ to encourage people to discuss the issues

John Newton Room - compressed

The Reverend John Newton mentored William Wilberforce who become the voice of the abolitionist movement in parliament, and Newton’s book ‘Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade’ was sent by The Committee for the Abolition of Slavery to each member of both Houses of parliament.

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Find a listing for National events on the Black History 2016 website here