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Black anti-slavery campaigners in Edinburgh celebrated

IMPORTANT: Frederick Douglass (Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier)

THE NATIONAL Library of Scotland have created a map which charts some of the hundreds of black campaigners, who came to Edinburgh to campaign for the transatlantic slave trade.

The map produced by the institution and Celeste-Marie Bernier, professor of black studies at Edinburgh University, "highlights important locations where the abolitionists from the United States met, gave speeches and stayed during their time in Edinburgh to campaign against the transatlantic slave trade", The Scotsman reports.

One of the key figures highlighted in the document is Frederick Douglass, a former chattel slave who escaped his masters in Maryland and came to Edinburgh in 1846 to start an anti-slavery campaign.

Speaking on the map, Professor Bernier said: “Douglass is standing on the shoulders of other activists. Other black campaigners had been coming since the late 18th and early 19th centuries and Douglass’s visit was made possible due to the relationships built up between black and white abolitionists.”

The interactive map illustrates locations and can be seen here: https://geo.nls.uk/maps/douglass/abolitionists.html

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