‘It is not lawful to put it into the Treasury, because it is the price of blood’. These are the words of abolitionist John Newton as he preached from St Mary Woolnoth in the City in 1788. But the abolitionist’s tale is only one side of the coin in the City’s involvement in the horrors of the slave trade, a fundamental part of Black History
We will explore sites and institutions with direct links to this history which saw millions of people kidnapped and transported to work as slaves in conditions that would shorten their lives but make the lives of wealthy City merchants even more lavish; we’ll meet the people who fought for abolition, including those, black and white, whose names are less-well known; hear about how mass-printing contributed hugely to bring about change in public opinion and how it allowed the voices of those who had seen and experienced the cruelty of the trade to be heard.
You’ll hear about how some of the most powerful and influential institutions in the City have issued apologies for their role in “an appalling and shameful period of English history” and how they now wish to bring about changes. There is much real history to be revealed as we wander within the story-packed streets and alleyways of the Square Mile.
We are happy to see young people on this walk, but it may not be suitable for children under the age of 12.
We donate 10 % of the ticket price to charities that aim to tackle racism in the UK.
There are so many books and resources on slavery, and this is a selection to get you started:
Or watch or listen to these programmes – we particularly recommend David Olusoga’s series on BBC iPlayer
If you like this walk, why not try our No Place for a Girl walk.