Black Husband and Wife who Escaped Slavery in US in 1850 and Fled to England to Campaign for Abolition are Honoured with Blue Plaque at their Former London Home

Ellen and William Craft (Pictured) fled to the UK to escape slavery in the US, have had their former London home honored with a blue plaque by English Heritage

A married black couple who fled to the UK to escape slavery in the US, have had their former London home honored with a blue plaque by English Heritage.

Ellen and William Craft lived at 26 Cambridge Grove, a mid-Victorian house in Hammersmith, after fleeing the US to embark on a dangerous 1,000 mile journey in the mid-19th century.

Ellen, who was the child of a mixed-race slave raped by her white owner, was a fair-skinned house servant to her half-sister and worked as a seamstress, while her husband William worked as a carpenter for his slaveholder.

In December 1848, the Craft’s conjured up the ingenious plan to use disguise to help them complete their daring escape from the US and start a new life in Britain.

Ellen posed as a disabled white man, using material she had secretly stitched to cover her feminine features, and used the excuse that she was travelling north from Georgia to Philadelphia for urgent medical treatment.

She was accompanied by William, who posed as her enslaved manservant, but once news of their plan become clear, several local abolitionists helped the couple and carried them on to Massachusetts.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Kaya Terry

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