William Wilberforce and “Amazing Grace”

On July 26, 1833, William Wilberforce received news that the Slavery Abolition Act passed—a culmination of four decades fighting to abolish slavery in the British Empire—crediting the influence of John Newton, a former captain of slave ships!

Disgusted with his role in the slave trade, Newton left the sea. Influenced by preachers John and Charles Wesley, he began Bible studies in his home, and eventually was ordained into Anglican ministry. For each Thursday evening prayer service, Newton wrote a hymn, including “Amazing Grace!"

His remarkable journey was dramatically retold in the acclaimed Broadway musical, “Amazing Grace”—to be performed live at Museum of the Bible’s World Stage Theater when the museum opens in November 2017!


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