Remembering Equiano - 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery
 
Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa 'The African' - In Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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Soham at the Time of the Abolition of Slavery

St. Andrew's Church

Olaudah Equiano otherwise known as Gustavus Vassa was the African slave who gained his freedom and became an activist for the abolition of slavery in the 18th Century. He wrote his celebrated Autobiography - 'The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African 1789'. His connection with Soham comes from the fact that he married a local woman, Susannah Cullen, in St. Andrew's Church and both his daughters were born and baptised here.

Soham Village College along with Soham Action 4 Youth (SA4Y) and Soham Museum, joined together to take part in a massive project to record 'Soham at the Time of the Abolition' to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery and to celebrate the life of Olaudah Equiano. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and several events took place during the course of 2007/2008 to commemorate the anniversary.


200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery - Official Documentation

Heritage Lottery Fund - Remembering Slavery in 2007 Heritage Lottery Initiative - Remembering Slavery in 2007
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HM Government - Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807  2007 HM Government - Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807 2007
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Department for Culture, Media & Sport - Reflecting on the Past & Looking to the Future Department for Culture, Media & Sport - Reflecting on the Past & Looking to the Future
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