1500-1799 | Slavery

Lord Mansfield – throwing slaves overboard cannot be murder

22 May 1783 On this day in 1783, Lord Mansfied, the Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, issued his verdict on the case of  132 men, women and children thrown overboard from a British owned slave ship, the Zong, on 29 November 1871.  It was one of many brutal crimes committed against the millions of slaves who…