BBC Journalist Uncovers Her Family’s Slave Owning History
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Laura Trevelyan, a journalist at the BBC for thirty years, discovered a difficult truth about her family’s history. They were slave owners on the island of Grenada, possessing over 1,000 slaves.
When Britain ended the slave trade in 1807, many slave owners were compensated for their loss of property. In today’s money, the Trevelyans received $3.6 million.
Recognizing the historical injustice, Laura felt a deep moral responsibility. She publicly apologized and gave $127,000 to schools in Grenada.
Trevelyan has left the BBC and started a group called “Heirs of Slavery” in April 2023. This group is made up of people whose ancestors benefited from slavery. Together, they are asking the British Prime Minister and King Charles to apologize for the UK’s role in the slave trade.
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BBC Anchor Laura Trevelyan Quits Job to ‘Atone for Sins of Ancestors’ Who Owned 1,000 Slaves