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Letter to the editor


Dear Editor

I am distraught that in the 190 years since my death, slavery and people trafficking is still active in this country. In my day I wrote to George Washington, Thomas Paine and hundreds of others with the aim of furthering equality between men, but I realise now that you and your readers have more power and, I trust, the inclination to change the course of history.

I note that 23 August is now the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition – but witnessed a distinct lack of significant events. I would ask that you draw your readers’ attention to the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on Slavery on October 14th 2004 and encourage them to generate ideas to raise awareness of modern day slavery alongside the commemoration of slavery in the past.

On a final note, I would like to commend an arts exhibit in your region called The Dark. The Dark is an opportunity for your readers to step into my life in the 18th century and witness for themselves some of the hardship and cruelty I discovered on slave ships. It is completely dark inside so I urge caution to those of your readers afraid of the dark, but recommend it to all others who wish to experience an outstanding immersion into my life on a slave ship. The Dark may be experienced at Thinktank, the Birmingham science museum at Millennium Point, daily until 30 November – and is entirely free.

As well as being able to dictate this letter to you, I have also discovered how to create a site on the world wide web. If you would be so kind as to point your readers to they can find out more for themselves about The Dark and the people and events on which it is based.

Your tireless correspondent, radical poet and abolitionist,
Edward Rushton (1756-1814).





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