How did an ex-sailor, bookseller and blind poet from Liverpool dare to take on George Washington?
The Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery Museum and the Victoria Gallery and Museum will celebrate the life of Edward Rushton (1756 – 1814) fighting for human rights and social justice which has remained largely unknown for 200 hundred years.
Lambasting George Washington at International Slavery Museum: Rushton spoke out against slavery in Liverpool, the European capital of the slave trade. His letter to George Washington exposed his hypocrisy as an owner of slaves and the leader of a country which proclaimed liberty for all but the enslaved. It became a landmark in antislavery campaigning on both sides of the Atlantic.
Part of Unsung, a city-wide project celebrating the bicentenary, activism and legacy of Edward Rushton. Funded by the Heritage Lottery and led by DaDaFest as part of DaDaFest International 2014.