Joseph Sturge
(1793-1859)

Died aged c. 66

Joseph Sturge (1793 – 14 May 1859) was an English Quaker, abolitionist and activist. He founded the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (now Anti-Slavery International). He worked throughout his life in Radical political actions supporting pacifism, working-class rights, and the universal emancipation of slaves. In the late 1830s, he published two books about the apprenticeship system in Jamaica, which helped persuade the British Parliament to adopt an earlier full emancipation date. In Jamaica, Sturge also helped found Free Villages with the Baptists, to provide living quarters for freed slaves; one was named "Sturge Town" in his memory.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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Joseph Sturge 1793 - 1859 Quaker campaigner for peace, extension of the vote and the abolition of slavery. Lived in a house on this site 1824-1859

Eden Croft, 64 Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they lived (1824-1859)

He laboured to bring freedom to the negro slave, the vote to British workmen and the promise of peace to a war-torn world

Joseph Sturge statue - outside Marriott Hotel - Five Ways, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they is commemorated