Pocket watch inscribed to William Lloyd Garrison from George Thompson
About the Project
William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879) is best known as the founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1832. The AASS called for immediate emancipation and, acting upon a belief in human equality, accepted men and women, black and white as members. Garrison was also the editor and publisher of The Liberator, a weekly anti-slavery paper that ran from 1831 to 1865 calling for the "immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves" in the United States. In 1832, William Lloyd Garrison met George Thompson a member of the UK Parliament and an anti-slavery orator while traveling in Scotland. Their close relationship led to Garrison naming his son, George Thompson Garrison, after his friend. Thompson returned to the U.S. in 1850 and presented William Lloyd Garrison with this engraved gold watch to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Liberator.