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Abolition

The Wilbeforce Monument in Hull

The Wilberforce Monument

The William Wilberforce Monument is situated in Hull City centre and currently stands at  the end of Queens Gardens, on the Hull College forecourt. It was built in 1834 a year after Wilberforce died, using funds raised by the public.

The Wilbeforce Monument in Hull

The monument is 102 feet high (31 meters) and originally stood on Monument Bridge between Beverley Gate and Ferens Art Gallery. In 1935 it was moved to its present location because it was becoming a traffic hazard.

Many people have fond memories of the monument and some even remember it being moved. People like Hettie Grainger and Leonard Pashby from Hull. Others like Dorothy  Edward recalls the summer of 1944 and seeing a group of US servicemen many of them black, kneeling and praying at the foot of the monument.

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