At the Cowper & 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 which became popular with those who could not read or write as they could more easily learn the words when set to music.   His poems were also published in a pamphlet  ‘A Subject for Conversation at the Tea-table’ which was designed 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.

Find out more from links from our Learning page and John Newton page.

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