Ignatius Sancho

Died aged c. 51

Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729 – 14 December 1780) was a composer, actor, and writer. He is the first known Black Briton to vote in a British election. He gained fame in his time as "the extraordinary Negro", and to eighteenth-century British abolitionists he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans and immorality of the slave trade. The Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, edited and published two years after his death, is one of the earliest accounts of African slavery written in English by a former slave of Spanish and English families.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Ignatius Sancho 1729-1780 writer, symbol of humanity of Africans lived and had a grocery shop near this site

Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Ignatius Sancho c1729-1780. African man of letters, composer and opponent of slavery. Born of a slave ship he was encouraged to educate himself by John 2nd Duke of Montagu and served as butler to the Duchess here in Montague House.

Greenwich Park, near the Rangers House, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom where they served as butler