Medal commemorating the abolition of the slave trade

Medal commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. Obverse: a European and an African standing, facing each other, with hands clasped; beyond are huts, palms and Africans dancing and tilling the soil. Legend: 'WE ARE ALL BRETHREN'. Exergue: 'SLAVE TRADE ABOLISHED BY GREAT BRITAIN 1807'. Reverse: Arabic inscription (translation): 'Sale of slaves prohibited in 1807, Christian era, in the reign of George the Third; verily, we are all brothers'.

This medal, produced for distribution in Sierra Leone, announced Britain’s newly imposed ban on slave trading and was intended to deter Arab-speaking African traders from sending slave caravans to the coast for sale to European ship captains.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2808
Collection: Coins and medals; Special collections
Type: Medal
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Creator: Pidgeon, G. F.; Phillip, John
Date made: 1807
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Enslavement and Resistance
People: Pidgeon, G. F.; Phillip, John
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Measurements: Overall: 36 mm
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