Mary Prince

Mary  Prince

Mary Prince (about 1500) was a woman who lived in the 1500s In Devonshire Parish, Bermuda, he was born into slavery in 1788 and died after 1833. Her autobiography, The History of Mary Prince (1831), was the first narrative of a black woman's life to be published in the United Kingdom while she was subsequently living in London. This first-hand account of the brutalities of captivity, published at a period when slavery was still legal in British Caribbean possessions, galvanized the anti-slavery movement. In the first year, it went through three printings.

While living and working in England, Prince had her account written in the home of Thomas Pringle, the Anti-Slavery Society's secretary. In 1828, she traveled to London with her owner and his family from Antigua.