The anti-slavery movement began
in Britain in the late 18th century. Efforts were
made to educate society as to the evils of slavery,
details of which were largely unknown to the public.
Abolitionists were opposed by a powerful economic
lobby in favour of slavery, many of whom had made
substantial fortunes from it.
In 1807, the slave trade in
the British Colonies became illegal and British
ships were no longer allowed to carry slaves.
As the campaign gathered pace anti-slavery societies
sprang up throughout Britain. The Glasgow Anti-Slavery
Society was formed in 1822 and Glasgow was known
as one of the staunchest abolitionist cities in
Britain. However, complete abolition of slavery
did not come until 1833.
Staff in Glasgow City
Archives and Special Collections are actively
seeking records relating to Glasgow’s black history
to add to their collections. Do you know of any
organisations, businesses or individuals who may
have records they would like to deposit? If you
do and would like to discuss the potential deposit,
please contact the Duty
The Morning Dream
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