"In no place in the United Kingdom has the American Slave warmer friends than in Newcastle"William Wells Brown, 1852
William Wells Brown (1814 - 1884) was born into slavery in America. He escaped and became a writer and famous abolitionist. He travelled 12,000 miles in Europe as part of an anti-slavery lecture tour addressing 1,000 meetings between 1849 and 1854 - including places in the North East such as South Shields. Whilst in Newcastle, he stayed with the Quakers, Anna and Henry Richardson, who helped to purchase his freedom.