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Michael Greenwood

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Michael Greenwood (1731-1812), a Faversham man enslaved overseas before being ransomed by Britain, is remembered by a plaque at 89 Abbey Street. Greenwood, after being press-ganged in Faversham’s Market Place in 1748, was serving in HMS Lichfield when she was wrecked off Morocco in 1758. He and other survivors were enslaved by the Moors for 17 months until ransomed by Britain. Greenwood kept a captivity diary, now in the possession of descendants in Queensland, Australia. After returning to Faversham, he lived at 89 Abbey Street and worked as an oyster dredger.

The plaque

Michael Greenwood

Location of the plaque

Michael Greenwood
Site of the plaque in Abbey Street, Faversham, recalling enslaved sailor Michael Greenwood