The Price of Emancipation by Dr Nicholas Draper published in 2010
The plaque initiative is intended to finally commemorate the trafficked and enslaved African people whose ‘freedom’ enriched Bristol, Great Britain and their Colonial interests through the 1834 compensation scheme.
We believe these belong alongside the memorialisations of these ‘owners’ in churches and on the grand houses and buildings the bankers and merchants erected with these gains. We believe these plaques would correctly contextualise the story of the wealth of Bristol, London, Liverpool and other parts of Britain, enriched in part on the back of enslaved labour.
This initiative begins with Thomas Daniel and Sons and the 4424 enslaved people he was compensated for over £130,000 (more than 17 Million pounds in today's money).
The enslaved were catalogued like livestock in the T71 files at the National archives at Kew, London and finally recognised by the UCL Database of The Legacies of British Slave Ownership Website that went live in 2013.
It is the only register that the British Government have of the descendants of at least 12 million trafficked African people at the point of Emancipation in 1834.
The point at which the British Slave owners claimed their awards for 'their property’. It has been described as a feeding frenzy by Michael Taylor in The Interest, How the Establishment resisted the Abolition of Slavery.
The total number of enslaved people for whose freedom compensation awards are known to have been made to their former 'owners' was approximately 760,000 of whom 92,000 were in the Cape of Good Hope and Mauritius, the remainder in the British Caribbean and mainland South America (British Guiana and Honduras). (Dr Nick Draper)
These plaques will allow descendants of the enslaved that live in Britain today and the descendants of those that profited from the awarded compensation to acknowledge and research these buildings, in the humanitarian belief that we can eradicate contemporary racism and historical inequality by exhuming our shared history. .
Our hope is for TTEACH Plaques to empower the descendants of enslaved African and Caribbean people to look at their ‘name’ and research those who were enriched by the compensation scheme and entrenched the power of their families in the Britain of today. We would hope all people who seek truth and justice would join us in adding their voices to ‘persuade’ the gatekeepers of the obscured buildings to acknowledge and honour the last of those enslaved in the built environment of present day Britain.