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Quaker Burial Ground

The Christian religious group called the Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) used this small plot of land as their burial ground for a number of years. Quakers generally believe in simplicity and their graves are usually marked either by a simple stone, or have no marker at all.

By the 18th century some Quaker families had created very successful businesses and were wealthy traders. In Bristol there were several Quaker ship owners and merchants. In the early years of the slave trade there were Quaker slave ships and plantation owners but by the 1760s Quakers decided that slavery was morally wrong and campaigned against the trade. Many Quaker men and women were then very active in campaigning for the abolition of slavery.

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Bristol: Ethnic Monorities and the City 1000-2001' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-477-5 ) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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