Quobna Ottobah Cugoano

Thomas Fisher, The Negros’s Memorial, or Abolitionist’s Catechism, London : Printed for the author and sold by Hatchard, 1825

Quobna Ottobah Cugoano

Quobna Ottobah Cugoano (ca. 1757-ca. 1803) a Fanti from Ghana, was deported to the island of Grenada and later to England. He was educated, was freed, and converted to Christianity. Cugoano was a leader of the free black community in London, a friend of Olaudah Equiano, and was familiar with abolitionists Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson. His book, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery (1787) was a strong, impressive assertion of the Africans’ right to dignity and freedom.