Abolition - Black People in Britain during the Regency

Bill Richmond ('A striking view of Richmond')
by and published by Robert Dighton
published March 1810
NPG D10726

By the Regency, there were a large number of black people living in Britain. They formed a notable presence in most cities and towns where the majority worked as domestic servants. London offered the greatest opportunities and several prominent black names left their mark on the social and cultural life of the era. Ira Aldridge enjoyed success on the stage, while heavyweights Bill Richmond and Tom Molineaux were famous in the boxing ring.

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