Royal Mail commemorates the 200th anniverasry of the Slave Trade Act 1807, which led to The Abolition the Slave Trade, with a series of six stamps.
The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was the successful culmination of many years tireless campaigning by the Abolitionist movement. The growth of Abolitionism began in Britain towards the end of the eighteenth century and ultimately produced one of the most successful reform movements in history.
The Abolition of the Slave Trade issue features six stamps, issued in se-tenant pairs, which combine contemporary portraits of key individuals from the Abolition movement, set against backgrounds linked to their work. Eighteenth-century Britain dominated the transatlantic slave trade. In that century some 11,000 slaving voyages were undertaken by British ships carrying more than 3 million Africans across the seas to a life of servitude. In the second half of the century concern about the trade and treatment of African people started to become a social issue and the Abolition Movement grew.
Wilberforce - Member of Parliament for Hull, was the parliamentary
leader of the Abolitionists and is depicted against an anti-slavery
1st Olaudah Equiano - possibly the most prominent campaigner outside of the parliamentary group. A former slave, he brought the plight of kidnapped Africans to public attention through his highly successful autobiography The Interesting Narrative.
50p Granville Sharp - first Chairman of the Abolitionist movement and campaigned through his writings and the courts to have slavery made illegal in the UK.
50p Thomas Clarkson - travelled the country to collect evidence of the inhumanity of the trade for the abolition committee. Depicted against a contemporary plan of the way slaves were accommodated on the slave ships.
72p Hannah More - probably the most prominent female abolitionist, promoting the anti-slavery message through her poems, plays and religious writings.
72p Ignatius Sancho - born on a slave ship he later achieved his freedom and became a well-respected trader in London. He was the first African writer to be published in England.
[Links above are to Wikipedia - they, and linked sites, contain many of the images on the stamps.] Click on the stamps to see a higher-resolution image.
Designed by Howard Brown. Size 27x37mm, the stamps are printed in lithography by Cartor Security Printing. All images except FDCs are Copyright Royal Mail 2006/07.
Our exclusive limited edition FDC shows the Clarkson Memorial in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (the side panels of which show Wilberforce and Sharp) and will be available with the Clarkson postmark (L10442) or the Hull (N10447) - price £8.95 each.
All prices exclude postage & packing.
Set of 6 mint
To order, please visit our online shop - products will be added shortly.
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown below. These may not be to scale. These cannot be obtained after 22 March and must be ordered from us by 20 March.
| Ref FD711
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark - "for the love of filthy gold"
| Ref FD712
Balls Park, Hertford, Official Postmark - "Am I not a man and a brother?"
| Ref FD712NP
Hull Official non-pictorial postmark
| Ref L10441
Bicentenary Abolition of the Slave Trade, Dean's Yard, London SW1
| Ref L10440
Memorial 2007 Hyde Park London
| Ref L10443
Abolition of the Slave Trade, Freeland, Witney
| Ref L10439
Abolition of Slavery, Garrison Close, London SE18
| Ref L10444
400th Anniversary of the Settlement of Jamestown, Blackwall, London E14
|Ref L10442 Wisbech capital of the Fens, birthplace of campaigner Thomas Clarkson 200th Anniversary Abolition of Slave Trade
| Ref L10438
Bicentenary Abolition of the Slave Trade, Parliament Square, London SW1
|Ref M10445 William Wilberforce, Abolition of the Slave Trade, Freeman Street, Birmingham
| Ref N10448
The Wilberforce Arms, Hull, Abolition of the Slave Trade
| Ref N10449
Abolition of the Slave Trade, Hull
| Ref N10447
Bicentenary Abolition of the Slave Trade, Hull
| Ref N10450
Abolition of the Slave Trade, High Street, Hull
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This page updated 23 May 2007
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