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date: 29 September 2020

Sons of Africalocked

  • Kathleen Chater


There has been much interest in a group of black men, among them Olaudah Equiano (then still calling himself by his baptismal name Gustavus Vassa), who signed five letters between 1787 and 1789. One was a private communication, thanking Granville Sharp for his work, the others were published in newspapers. Three men, Ottobah Cugoano (also known as John Stuart or Steward), Vassa/Equiano, and George Robert Mandeville, signed all five. Other signatories were Thomas Cooper (four), Thomas Jones (three), John Christopher (three), Jasper Goree or Broughwa Gegansmel (two), and Joseph Almaze, Thomas Oxford, John Adams, George Wallace, Joseph Sanders or Yahne Aelane, George Williams or Cojoh Ammere, William Greek, and Bernard Elliot Griffiths, one each.

An undated sixth letter also thanking Granville Sharp was published in Prince Hoare s biography of Sharp where Hoare apparently erroneously says that it was sent from Sierra Leone These signatories were Thomas Cooper George ...

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