William Knibb on Slavery

The English were pushing the Americans on the subject of slavery because they had abolished slavery and finally granted full freedom by 1838. It was the English Baptists who were writing to the American Baptists through the Triennial Convention officers, pressing the Americans to do something about this issue. Perhaps the most important English Baptist was William Knibb (1803-1845), who had worked so hard to gain the freedom of Jamaican slaves. Knibb said:

I here pledge myself, by all that is solemn and sacred never to rest satisfied, until I see my black brethren in the enjoyment of the same civil and religious liberties which I myself enjoy, and see them take a proper stand in society as men [Aug 1, 1838 at a public meeting in Falmouth, Jamaica, the first day of freedom for the slaves.]

The same God who made the white made the black man. The same blood that runs in the white man’s veins, flows in yours. It is not the complexion of the skin, but the complexion of character that makes the great difference between one man and another. [August 1, 1839 at a meeting of the Falmouth Auxiliary Anti-Slavery Society.]