This month’s history group meeting looks at one of the most difficult and painful aspects of Bristol’ s history and its controversial role in the slave trade.
Local historian Gary M Best will talk about Bristol’s controversial role in the slave trade.
In addition to an overview of how Bristol became involved in the slave trade, his talk will focus on an autobiography written in 1796 by an ex-slave, Olaudah Equiano, which provides a harrowing personal account.
Gary will explain how profits from slavery shaped the commercial development of everything from coal mining and chocolate production to canals and railways.
by Daniel Orme, published by Olaudah Equiano (‘Gustavus Vassa’), after W. Denton
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1789
© National Portrait Gallery, London