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Royal Mail Postal Services 2007 Issue
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Abolition of the Slave Trade

Royal Mail Postal Service has issued six new stamps (three Se-Tenants Pairs) that have postage values of 1st class, 50p, and 72p named "Abolition of the Slave Trade" on the 22nd of March 2007. The stamps depict portraits of six of the most prominent antislavery campaigners of their time. They were William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, Hannah More and Ignatius Sancho. Through their efforts, the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807 became one of the most significant moments in British history. Royal Mail has issued these stamps to commemorate the work of these six remarkable campaigners on the 200th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act. Each of stamps is described below:

  • William Wilberforce (1st Class) - The parliamentary leader of the Abolitionists, he is pictured on one of the First Class stamps with an antislavery poster in the background.
  • Olaudah Equiano (1st Class) - was once a slave himself and brought the plight of kidnapped Africans to public attention through his highly successful autobiography.
  • Granville Sharpe (50p) - campaigned through his writings and the courts to have slavery made illegal in the UK.
  • Thomas Clarkson (50p) - traveled the country collecting evidence of the inhumanity of the slave trade for the Abolition Committee.
  • Hannah More (72p)- was the most prominent female Abolitionist. She publicized the antislavery message through her poems, plays and religious writings.
  • Ignatius Sancho (72p) - Born on a slave ship himself, later achieved freedom and became a well-respected London grocer. He helped to bring the inhumanity of slavery to the public eye through his published letters.
"Abolition of the Slave Trade" stamps can be purchased as a set of 6, 3 Sheets of 60 with 1st, 50p and 72p Se-Tenant pairs stamps, or Presentation pack . The size of each stamp is 27mm x 37mm with a 14 x 14 perforation using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Cartor Security Printers using the Lithography printing process with PVA gum.

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