Statue in Portland stone of Joseph Sturge, posed as if he were teaching, with his right hand resting on a Bible to indicate his strong Christian faith. He wears a lapel-less coat of a style favoured by contemporary Quakers.
The statue stands on a high pedestal, flanked by two female allegorical figures::
On the fourth side of the plinth, the word TEMPERANCE is written (the word is on a gadrooned basin, which used to dispense drinking water).
- PEACE, holding a dove and an olive branch, with a lamb at her feet, symbolic of innocence;
- CHARITY, offering comfort and succour to two Afro-Caribbean infants, recalling the fight and victory over slavery.
to bring freedom
to the negro slave
the vote to british
workmen and the
promise of peace to
a war-torn world
- John Thomas (Chalford, Gloucestershire 1813 - 1862),
British sculptor and architect,
Unveiled before a crowd of 12,000 people on 4 June 1862 at Five Ways, Birmingham, England, near his former home at the boundary between Birmingham and Edgbaston. In 2007 the statue was restored and re-dedicated, for the 200th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.
Sources & Information
Location (N 52°28'19" - W 1°55'8")
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Item Code: gbwm075; Photograph: 24 June 2014
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