As providence would have it, it was as the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce lay dying in July 1833 that he learned that his dearest project, the Slavery Abolition Act, would soon pass into British law.
The great philanthropist had also been strongly behind the campaign to settle freed slaves in west Africa, and Sierra Leone duly became the colony which received the largest number of liberated slaves.
As the centenaries of both the act and his death drew close, therefore, it was fitting that plans should be made for a commemorative stamp issue from Sierra Leone in 1933.
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