Blue Plaque commemorates anti-slavery legend

26 September 2007

English Heritage unveiled a Blue Plaque commemorating Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, leading anti-slavery campaigner and former vice-president of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (as Anti-Slavery International was then known).

Anti-Slavery International’s Deputy Chair Lucy Chandler, who is Buxton’s great-great-great-great granddaughter, unveiled the plaque at the ceremony on 26 September at The Director’s House on Brick Lane, where Buxton lived and worked from 1808-1815.

Buxton led the parliamentary campaign against slavery, which successfully resulted in the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.