|Olaudah Equiano. © NMM|
Olaudah Equiano was the first political leader of England’s black community. According to his famous autobiography, Equiano was kidnapped at an early age and sold into a life of slavery.
The ill-treatment he received and the suffering of his fellow enslaved Africans inspired Equiano to fight the slave trade.
He published his autobiography, ‘The Life of Olaudah Equiano the African’ in 1789. This was the most important literary contribution to the campaign for abolition.