The History of Leith

July 14, 2007

Relics of slavish addiction to sinister trade

Museum of Edinburgh curator Sheila Asante with the ‘Black Boy’ statue from James Gillespie’s tobacco shop.

THE wording of the announcement posted in the Edinburgh Advertiser on January 20, 1769, made it very clear what was on offer: “To be disposed of – a handsome black boy, about 13 years of age, very well qualified for making a household servant, serving a table well, of a fine constitution, endured to the climate, and has had the small-pox. Any person inclining to purchase him, may call at Mr William Reid’s iron-monger opposite to the door of the city guard.” for more click here

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