‘Bronterre’ O’Brien Memorial Address Abney Park 24th & 25 June 2017


The 2017  ‘Bronterre’ O’Brien Memorial Address: An antidote to dismay – led by Kevin McCorry
Saturday 24th June – 1pm

We shall commemorate the life of Chartist, James ‘Bronterre’ O’Brien with a memorial address beside his  grave in  Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington. The address will be given by this year by Kevin McCorry, organiser of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association from 1969-75, and a major force throughout the civil rights movement.

O’Brien  was a Chartist, and fought for a free, untaxed press, universal suffrage and parliamentary reform in the early part of the 19th century. He was jailed in 1840 and died, appreciated by his supporters, but poor and in ill-health in 1864.

He campaigned amongst other things for banks of credit accessible to all classes and to bring education to all through his Eclectic Institute, in Denmark St, Soho, where adult education classes offered English, French, science and mathematics.  Many of these policies are still relevant today though many of the main demands of the Chartists on suffrage and rights for working people were achieved after his death.

In recognition of ‘Bronterre’ O’Brien’s lasting legacy, an annual graveside address (organised by Chris Maguire of the Connolly Association ) was given for many years, by speakers such as Arthur Scargill,  A J P Taylor and Tony Benn. Since 2015, when Jeremy Corbyn gave the address, the tradition has been revived.

Please meet at the main gates on Stoke Newington High St
Free admission

The Radicals of Abney Park tour led by Alan Gartrell
Sunday 25th June – 1pm

Reformers, Dissenters, Blasphemers, Fenians, Abolitionists, Vaudevillians. Abney’s unconsecrated acres have always attracted those seen as outsiders. This tour will discuss the reasons for this and reveal some of the personalities and their struggles.

Please meet at the main gates on Stoke Newington High St
Donations welcome (Suggested £5)

020 7275 7557

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