How a former slave became Nottingham's first black businessman and entrepreneur

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He was just three when he was brought to England from Sierra Leone, yet his story continues to inspire centuries later.

George Africanus (1763-1834) originally lived in Wolverhampton with the Molyneux family, where he was a servant, before moving to Nottingham to earn a living as a brass founder.

The father of seven would eventually make a name for himself as the founder of what many think was the first employment agency in Nottingham, called the 'Africanus’ Register of Servants'.

Here, he employed others in domesticated work, allowing him to become a freeholder and enabling him voting rights.

Given his background and prejudices of the time, Africanus' story is seen as unique and one that

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