ME and Ophelia

Tuesday, February 03, 2004


A story by William and Ellen Craft

I'm copying here in full, Clive Soley's post on William and Ellen Craft. Hopefully, some readers may be able to help:

"William and Ellen were two slaves who fled to Britain from the US in the mid 19th. Century. They wrote their story called ‘Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom’ and toured the UK lecturing on the evils of slavery.

They were known to the anti slavery organisations here and I think to William Wilberforce. I believe the Quakers might also have known them.

They lived for a while in Hammersmith where there is a blue plaque on the office that stands on the site where they lived.

I recently picked up a contact in the US who was trying to find out more about their time in Britain. Anyone harbouring a relative out there? Or any special knowledge?

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 2/03/2004
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