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City's cotton link with slavery

The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester has in its collection, a telling reminder of the link between slavery and Lancashire's cotton boom.

Four textile models, once owned by Liverpool textile merchant, Ralph Henry Samuel, depict the typical work done by slaves at his cotton plantation in Brazil.

One of the set was selected to be included the ten objects from Manchester museums for the BBC's 'A History of the World' project.

Angela Conley from the Whitworth Art Gallery said: "The model serves as a reminder of how the industrial growth and wealth of the North West was built on the labour of slaves in the New World."

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