Bristol’s slave trade history laid bare on a Black History Month tour


Neelam Tailor

A year after the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol, we join a historic walking tour that ‘helps us understand the present’, as well as more Black History Month events

“Important bit of history that,” a warm West Country voice says over my shoulder as we look at the plaque outside the Seven Stars pub, a 17th-century landmark of the abolition movement.

If you block out the posters for the band “Kunts” adorned with a large image of Boris Johnson, and instead focus on the cobbled streets and Georgian walls, you can imagine the secret meetings between abolitionists and slave ship sailors.

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