2. Black Abolitionists in Edinburgh
Frederick Douglass was one among hundreds of nineteenth-century US born, black freedom-fighters, enslaved and free, who campaigned for social justice in Edinburgh. Here are the life stories of just some of these inspirational women and men who made Edinburgh their home during their transatlantic visits.
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Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) - Adelphi Theatre, 1 Little King Street
William Wells Brown (1814-1884) - Edinburgh Total Abstinence Society, 52 Nicolson Street
William Wells Brown (1814-1884) - Old Infirmary, Infirmary Street
Ellen Craft (1826-1891) and William Craft (1824-1900) - Cannon's Hotel, 11 South St. Andrew Street - 1851
Jesse Ewing Glasgow Jr. (c.1837-1860) - 10 Hill Place - 1860
Josiah Henson (1789-1883) - 27 Brunton Road (London Road) - 1846
Frederick J. Loudin (1836-1904) - Carrubers Close Mission, 65 High Street - 1899
Sarah Parker Remond (1815-1894) - Brighton Street Church, Brighton Street
Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) - 8 Queen Street
Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915) - John Knox House, 43-45 High Street - 1870
Samuel Ringgold Ward (1817-1866) - Albany Street Chapel, 24a Broughton Street
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) - Carrubers Close Mission, 65 High Street - 1893
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) - National Bible Society, 4-5 St. Andrew Square - 1893
- Content for the maps principally gathered by Professor Celeste Marie-Bernier, with assistance from Nick Batho and Dr. Andrew Taylor.
- Map viewers created by Chris Fleet at NLS using open-source tools; code available on Github for onward re-use.
- The maps also form part of the Strike For Freedom: Slavery, Civil War and the Frederick Douglass Family in the Walter O Evans Collection treasures display (Thurs 4 October 2018 to Sat 16 February 2019) in the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, curated by Dora Petherbridge, Sarah Wilmott and Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier with Dr. Andrew Taylor.
- Site design/graphics and map viewer integration by Ann Harrison and David Oulton, Digital Innovation Team, CAHSS