The grave of revered eighteenth century black slave given the name Scipio Africanus in St Mary's Henbury churchyard Bristol UK

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I who was Born a PAGAN and a SLAVE Now sweetly sleep a CHRISTIAN in my Grave What tho' my hue was dark my SAVIOR'S sight Shall Change this darkness into radiant Light Such grace to me my Lord on earth has given To recommend me to my Lord in heaven Whose glorious second coming here I wait With saints and Angels him to celebrate It is thought that 10,000 black slaves and servants were in Britain in the early 18th century, but this is one of the very few memorials to them. Curiously, there is no record of his burial in the church registers.