The first slave narrative to become an international best-seller was the two-volume Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789), which traces Equiano ’s career from boyhood in West Africa , through the dreadful transatlantic Middle Passage , to eventual freedom and economic success as a British citizen. Introducing the slave ship through the innocent perspective of an African captive, he wrote:

Documents discovered at the turn of the 21st century, which suggest that Olaudah Equiano may have been born in North America , have raised questions, still unresolved, about whether his accounts of Africa and the Middle Passage are based on memory, reading, or a combination of the two.

With the rise of the abolition movement in the early 19th century came a demand for hard-hitting eyewitness accounts of the harsh realities of slavery in the United States. In response, the narratives of Frederick Douglass (1845), William Wells Brown (1847), Henry Bibb (1849), Sojourner Truth (1850), Solomon Northup (1853), and William and Ellen Craft (1860) claimed thousands of readers in England as well as the United States.

The first slave narrative to become an international best-seller was the two-volume Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789), which traces Equiano ’s career from boyhood in West Africa , through the dreadful transatlantic Middle Passage , to eventual freedom and economic success as a British citizen. Introducing the slave ship through the innocent perspective of an African captive, he wrote:

Documents discovered at the turn of the 21st century, which suggest that Olaudah Equiano may have been born in North America , have raised questions, still unresolved, about whether his accounts of Africa and the Middle Passage are based on memory, reading, or a combination of the two.

With the rise of the abolition movement in the early 19th century came a demand for hard-hitting eyewitness accounts of the harsh realities of slavery in the United States. In response, the narratives of Frederick Douglass (1845), William Wells Brown (1847), Henry Bibb (1849), Sojourner Truth (1850), Solomon Northup (1853), and William and Ellen Craft (1860) claimed thousands of readers in England as well as the United States.

Gracious God, the love of Christ compels us to ask forgiveness for whenever we have failed to love. We humbly pray: C Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. L One stone in our wall is “hate and contempt”.
(The stone with the key term “hate and contempt” is placed.) R2 Gracious God, the love of Christ compels us to ask forgiveness for our hate and contempt for one another. We humbly pray: C Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Gracious God, the love of Christ compels us to ask forgiveness for banishing our brothers and sisters from our common homeland in the past and for acts of religious intolerance today. We humbly pray: C

(As the wall is dismantled and the stones are laid in the form of a cross, a song of reconciliation or a hymn of the glory of the cross is sung.)

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