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.
Rebellious Politics at Victoria Gallery and Museum: this exhibition rediscovers Edward Rushton’s human rights campaigning through the written word. Rushton’s bookshop in Paradise Street became a centre for Liverpool’s “Friends of Freedom” and national agitation for social justice, fighting government oppression. In his poetry Rushton consistently gave voice to the oppressed, whether enslaved people on plantations, sailors kidnapped by the press gang or Irish rebels.
The Victoria Gallery & Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Contains Audio Description and 3D Representations of Objects.
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.’
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