Olaudah Equiano tea towel
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was kidnapped from a village in what is now Nigeria and sold into slavery in Virginia. He eventually bought his own freedom in 1766 and settled in England (where he married and had two daughters). He supported other ex-slaves in London and wrote a best-selling memoir entitled The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. As an abolitionist he helped bring an end to slavery in the British empire.