The Equiano Society

The Society was formed in London in November 1996. Its main objective is to publicise and celebrate the life and work of Olaudah Equiano.The society also celebrates and publicises the achievements of Equiano’s contemporaries: Ignatius Sancho, Phillis Wheatley, Ottobah Cugoano, and others who made outstanding contributions to African literary and cultural heritage.

The Equiano Society is not primarily a debating society, nor does it ask itssupporters to become formal members or pay a membership fee. Instead, it organises events in the community to which all are welcome.In November 2007 it organised two Equiano Conferences in London and Birmingham.Speakers include: Dr Helena Woodard (University of Texas, USA), Dr Nini Rodgers (University of Belfast), Dr Alexander X. Byrd (Rice University, USA), Dr Clarice Barnes (Montserrat), Dr Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths College, London), Dr Clive Harris (Birmingham), Burt Caesar (London), and Arthur Torrington (The Equiano Society).

The events were presented in association with Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Museum in Docklands, and The Drum, and with the support of Awards for All, Windrush Foundation, and Heritage Lottery Fund.The Equiano Society is a partner with Birmingham City Council in The Equiano Project, that features a major Exhibition, an education pack, an Equiano book, and an Equiano website.

OLAUDAH EQUIANO AND HIS WIFE WERE MARRIED ON 7 APRIL 1792 AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH SOHAM, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Timeline of Equiano (key dates)

2019
March 5

1789

Equiano publishes his Interesting Narrative. French Revolution begins.
March 5

1790

The Narrative is printed in Dutch.
March 5

1791

Narrative printed in New York. Slave revolt in St. Dominique (Haiti).
March 5

1792

Marries Englishwoman Susan Cullen.
March 5

1797

Equiano dies in London.

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