Now. I don’t want to start our Black History Month Specials with tales of slavery as there is so much more to our rich history; however the story of Mary Prince needs to be shared for so many other reasons. Being recognised as a National Hero in 2012 on the island of Bermuda, is just one of them. Being the first woman (not ‘black woman’ – WOMAN – full stop) to write an anti-slavery petition to the houses of Parliament is another. The strength drawn upon reading from Mary’s story will not only share how strong a woman she was but also how determined, rebellious and virtuous she was.
There are many books available to purchase as hard copy and digital copy which cover her story such as: Mary: A Story of Young Mary Prince: Sold at a slave auction and afraid for her life, she runs away. By Margot Maddison-MacFadyen (8th Feb 2017) And The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave (Penguin Classics) By Mary Prince (25th May 2000) And a third edition republication of her original works: The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative By Mary Prince (2004) is also available.
If, however, you would like to glimpse the original February 1831 Publication: The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave. Related by herself. This gem, which includes text from her petition letter presented to Parliament, is in the British Library under shelf mark: 8157.bbb.30
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