Birmingham's Emancipation Movement


This anti-slavery poster shows that the mistreatment of the enslaved continued after emancipation in 1834. In the four years that followed, all former slaves (except children under six) endured a period of 'apprenticeship' during which they could not leave their masters. They were finally freed in 1838.During this time, anti-slavery groups in Britain persisted with their campaign. This poster was issued by the Anti-Slavery Society in Birmingham, which had become a model for many other groups across Britain. It draws attention to the continued use of cruel punishments in Jamaica by listing the names of 'Apprenticed Negroes' who had suffered flogging.

CO 137/222 (12 Sept 1836)

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