Thursday 17 November–Friday 25 November | See library website for opening hours
If you were living in Leeds in the 1840s and 1850s you would undoubtedly have heard of anti-slavery speeches made to huge local audiences by African American activists and their supporters. The University of Leeds will offer a guided walk of sites associated with the entwined histories of African self-emancipation and anti-slavery activism in 19th-century Leeds, public discussion of the significance of the archives of anti-slavery activism, and a chance to visit the Leeds Library, which presents an exhibition on Quaker businessman Wilson Armistead and a play tracing the extraordinary escape of Ellen and William Craft from enslavement in Georgia. This is a drop-in event.
On Wednesday 23 November, there is also a guided walk, a public debate, led by Professor Bridget Bennett (University of Leeds), on the significance of the archives of anti-slavery activism, and a play tracing the extraordinary escape, from enslavement in Georgia, of Ellen and William Craft. This will be preceded by a wine reception.