Olaudah Equiano- African, Slave, Author, Abolitionist

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Bronze portrait sculpture - ‘Olaudah Equiano- African, slave, author, abolitionist’ by Christy Symington. The work was made in 2007, marking the Bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The life-size sculpture prompts enquiry into who Equiano was and what he did, celebrating his life and achievements. Olaudah Equiano played an important role in the abolitionist movement. His autobiography, 'The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African', is considered to be one of the most important works to address abolition and highly influential in gaining passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, ending the transatlantic slave trade for Britain and its colonies. The 6th edition of the Equiano’s book is currently on display in the ISM’s Legacy Gallery.