Former home of Olaudah Equiano marked with memorial plaque

A plaque to mark the former home of the campaigner for the abolition of slavery, and a former slave himself, Olaudah Equiano has been unveiled on a building in Fitzrovia. The plaque on the Tottenham Street building where Equiano lived in 1788. On Saturday 24 October the mayor of Camden Maryam Eslandoust unveiled the plaque …

Exhibition of Equiano’s life – leading black campaigner for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade

Painting of Olaudah Equiano.

An exhibition celebrating the life of the leading black campaigner for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade will open this month at a venue on Tottenham Court Road. Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) rose to prominence in the late 18th century and his book “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, …

Radio: The life of Olaudah Equiano

Painting of Olaudah Equiano.

BBC Radio 4 is currently broadcasting a series about Britain's Black past. In the fifth programme, Professor Gretchen Gerzina explores the life of the best-known black person in 18th century Britain, Olaudah Equiano. A former sailor and slave, he was a world traveller who bought his own freedom. Equiano lived at 13 Tottenham Street in …