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Anti-slavery hero celebrated
Manor House Museum, Kettering
Manor House Museum is holding an exhibition on Knibb
A plaque has been unveiled to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Kettering social reformer William Knibb.

The Baptist missionary and anti-slavery campaigner was born in Kettering on 7 September 1803 and was a pupil at Kettering Grammar School.

On Saturday, the Mayor of Kettering Alan Pote unveiled a plaque at Knibb's birthplace in Market Street.

To celebrate his life and achievements there is a also a two month long exhibition in the town's Manor House Museum.

William Knibb fought for the abolition of slavery

The exhibition aims to bring to life the contrast between Knibb's extraordinary public life and the ordinariness of his domestic life.

It also provides an insight into the Baptist Missionary Society and the part which Knibb played.

The items on display include one of his personal journals from 1824 to 1825 when he arrived in Jamaica as a teacher in a Baptist Missionary Society school.

The exhibit also includes a letter to him from his mother.

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