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Abolition Walk 25 March Musselburgh

Press Release:

Scottish churches are invited to join in the Abolition Walk

Action of Churches Together in Scotland , confirmed that a Commemoration Walk to mark the Bi-Centenary of the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807 will take place on Sunday the 25th of March in Musselburgh, exactly 200 years from the day the Abolition Act was passed.

In a letter to the churches ACTS encourages the faithful to join in the walk which would seek to trace “in imagination” the footsteps of Robert Wedderburn, the son of a Rosanna, a black Jamaican slave, and James Wedderburn her Scottish master.

In 1795 Robert came from Jamaica to visit his father who now lived in Inveresk Lodge, which he had bought with money from his sugar plantation in Jamaica. Robert's father did not acknowledge him and it was left to one of his servants to send him away with "a cracked sixpence".

Robert later became a well known anti-slavery campaigner in England.

The Communities Minister Rhona Brankin MSP has announced her intention to participate in the walk. Lord Wedderburn of Charlton, a descendant of Robert Wedderburn, and his wife also plan to be present.

The walk will set out at 14.30 from the small band stand in the riverside gardens beside the "Roman" bridge (opposite Inveresk Road) and follow the River Esk Walkway to Inveresk Lodge Gardens. 

For further information about the walk and other activities please contact:
Tom Moyes, ACTS Network Officer, Tel 01259 222363,
or Nelu Balaj, Tel 07814 544258,

Action of Churches Together in Scotland
7 Forrester Lodge, Inglewood House
Alloa, FK10 2HU
Tel. 01259 216980
Fax 01259 215964

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