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Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: E0086_1
Description: Granville Sharp (1735-1813) began his work to destroy the slave trade in 1765 when he befriended a runaway slave named Jonathon Strong. Strong’s owner legally challenged Sharp for the return of his ‘property’. He was closely involved in securing the famous legal ruling of 1772, which effectively abolished slavery within England. As president of the ‘Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade’, Sharp was central to the eventual passing of the Abolition Bill in 1807.
Creator: J.F
Date: early 20th Century
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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