(1789-1831) was a Quaker, abolitionist, and philanthropist. A pamphleteer, she famously wrote Immediate, not gradual abolition, or, An inquiry into the shortest, safest, and most effectual means of getting rid of West Indian Slavery, published in 1824. With the help of friends, she campaigned for a sugar boycott in Leicester. “She visited the city’s grocers to urge them not to stock slave-grown goods. Her message was clear. She described the West India planters as being like thieves and those who bought their produce, like receivers of stolen goods” (The Abolition Project).
Continuity and Change
Enslavement officially ended in the British Empire 1 August 1834. Over 180 years later, enslavement still exists in the world. Was the Abolition movement, of which Mary Prince was a participant, a harbinger of a world-embracing anti-slavery movement that continues today?