Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition in Manchester

Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition in Manchester

The Portico Library opened its doors in 1806, just months before parliament first voted to abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade. These two events might seem relatively unrelated, but the library’s founding members included both high-profile abolitionists and pro-slavery activists. Although it was not a port city directly involved in the slave trade like Liverpool or Bristol, Manchester’s dramatic growth in population and prosperity in this era was closely linked to slavery, and as a result many ...

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The Portico Library
Mosley Street

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