The Face of Google Doodle Today is Olaudah Equiano, A Nigerian Man Who Supported the British Movement to end the Slave Trade

The Face of Google Doodle Today is Olaudah Equiano, A Nigerian Man Who Supported the British Movement to end the Slave Trade

If you go on Google today, you will see that the doodle today is that of a black man dressed in the traditional British style. His name is Olaudah Equiano.

Known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa, Olaudah Equiano was a prominent Nigerian in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789, helped in the creation of the Slave Trade Act 1807 which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies.

In London, Equiano (identifying as Gustavus Vassa during his lifetime) 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.

Olaudah Equiano Gustavus Vassa book

In 1792, Equiano married an Englishwoman, Susanna Cullen, and they had two daughters.

Equiano died on 31 March 1797.

 

Today, Google marks Olaudah Equianos 272nd Birthday and remembers him for all the good work he did to put an end to the slave trade movement.

 

 

 

 

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