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Wimbledon and the Slave Trade

Saturday 24th March 2007 - Sunday 29th July (Extended to Sunday 30th September) 2007

Wimbledon was home to both Slavers and Abolitionists. Slavers included Abraham Aguilar and Christopher MacEvoy, pitched against the enormous efforts of William Wilberforce and his sympathisers William Pitt the younger, Lord Grenville and Viscount Melville, who resided at what would become Cannizaro House. Joseph Marryat MP was somewhere in the middle of the fracas which would eventually see an aged Wilberforce triumph with the passing of the Emancipation Bill three days before he died in 1833.