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Joseph Sturge

Elberton, Gloucestershire 1793 - Edgbaston, Birmingham 1859
English Quaker, abolitionist and activist. He founded the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (now Anti-Slavery International)
John Thomas

Birmingham /  Joseph Sturge   Birmingham /  Joseph Sturge


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::
  1. PEACE, holding a dove and an olive branch, with a lamb at her feet, symbolic of innocence;
  2. CHARITY, offering comfort and succour to two Afro-Caribbean infants, recalling the fight and victory over slavery.
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).

Birmingham - Joseph Sturge
Birmingham - Joseph Sturge



he laboured
to bring freedom
to the negro slave
the vote to british
workmen and the
promise of peace to
a war-torn world


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.


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  • Abolitionist
  • Charity (Charitas)
  • Dove/Pigeon
  • Peace (Pax)
  • Statue (man)
  • Sturge, Joseph
  • Thomas, John
  • Woman with children
  • Woman with dove
  • Locatie (N 52°28'19" - W 1°55'8") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbwm075; Photograph: 24 June 2014
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