Strengthening Links Between Hull and Freetown
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The Freetown Society

The Freetown Society was formed in 1981 after the cities of Hull, UK and Freetown, capital city of Sierra Leone formed a civic partnership in 1979.

The Freetown Society is a UK registered charity and it has a sister society, The Hull Society, in Freetown itself.

Through these societies members develop a range of projects, partnerships and activities which keep our partnership active and vibrant.



The two cities share a strong common bond in their links with William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833). The Hull-born member of parliament for Hull was a leading light in the slavery abolition movement.

Freetown was established in 1787 as ’The Province of freedom’ a British colony for the re-settlement of freed slaves. After a troubled start the settlement grew, as the slavery reform movement gained strength, with further freed slaves building the colony. A large suburb of Freetown, on one of the city’s highest peaks, is named after Wilberforce.

The work of Wilberforce in promoting freedom is the foundation of Freetown Society’s aims , and the Society is proud to play a role in developing civic, cultural and economic partnerships between our two great cities.


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RT @humberantislave: Today marks #AntiSlaveryDay 2020. Throughout the day we'll be sharing some of the successes and achievements we've… https://t.co/fOr34aqeuY
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RT @Hull_Museums: Samuel Samei Marco, a sculptor from Freetown, Sierra Leone carving a sculpture depicting a freed African slave. T… https://t.co/zzBDvIlbIX
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