Object of the Month, October 2012
To mark Black History Month, the Object of the Month on display in our hall is a book, William Lloyd Garrison - the liberator by W E A Axon.
This biography of William Garrison, the American anti-slavery campaigner, is by William Axon, a leading figure in the cultural life of late Victorian and Edwardian Manchester. Axon was self-educated, working first as a librarian in Manchester Free Libraries and then as a prolific writer and journalist.
He supported many causes including temperance, vegetarianism, and the Sunday opening of libraries and museums.
Axon met Garrison in Manchester in 1867, and subsequently became committed to the cause of black education. He forged links with Wilberforce University, Ohio. This book is dedicated to William Scarborough, a freed slave who became Professor of Classics.