On 8th March, 1775 an anonymous writer, thought to be the Norfolk born author Thomas Paine, published 'African Slavery in America' the first article in the American colonies calling for the equality of slaves and the abolition of slavery
In 1737, Thomas Paine was born in Thetford. In 1793, he was imprisoned in France for not supporting the execution of Louis XVI. While he was in prision, he wrote and showed the first part of his most famous work at the time, the anti-church text piece. He was let go from prison in 1794 with the help of James Monroe, the U.S. Minister to France and England.