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Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano was a freed slave from the eastern part of present-day  Nigeria, who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. In London, Equiano was part of the  Sons of Africa, an abolitionist group composed of prominent Africans living in Britain, and he was active among leaders of the anti-slave trade movement in the 1780s. He published his autobiography,  The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789), which depicted the horrors of slavery. It went through nine editions and aided passage of the British  Slave Trade Act of 1807, which abolished the African slave trade.