Today’s Google Doodle Has a Connection to Montserrat

Google is celebrating a former slave who once lived on Montserrat and was instrumental in putting an end to slavery today.

Jahvon Tuitt plays Equiano at the 2017 St Patrick’s Day Festival Parade (Nia Golden Photo)

You may have seen men dressed as this famous slave during our annual St. Patrick’s Festival in March but do you know who he is?

Olaudah Equiano, who was known as Gustavus Vassa for most of his life, was a prominent African in London whose autobiography helped to end the slave trade in Britain. Today would have been his 272nd birthday.

Equiano was born in the Eboe province, in the area that is now southern Nigeria, on October 16, 1745.

His early life is unclear due to the absence of records, but he recounted how he was kidnapped with his sister when he was 11.

He wen through a string of name changes as each owner renamed him upon purchase.

Read more about this remarkable man here… Who was Olaudah Equiano