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On this date in 1833, slavery was abolished in Britain and its territories (notable exceptions being for the East India Company, Ceylon, and Saint Helena), after the tireless efforts of people throughout the Empire and beyond, including the six abolitionists pictured above, all of whom were involved in the 1807 Slave Trade Act (which abolished the slave trade in the British Empire, but not slavery itself).  Still, the 1807 Act directly led to the Slavery Abolition Act, which was passed on August 1, 1833.  [As you’ll recall, it wasn’t until over thirty years later, in 1865, that the 13th Amendment was passed, ending slavery in the United States of America.]

Stamp details:
Issued on: March 22, 2007
From: London, England
SG #2728-2733


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