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This information is in the Life Gallery in M Shed

The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, first appeared in Bristol in 1654. Their beliefs strongly encouraged equal treatment of all people and many of them were tireless in their fight against injustices like slavery. Despite persecution, the movement grew and eventually the Quakers were embraced as valued members of the community. Many became influential industrialists and merchants, such as the Fry family who made chocolate and the Darbys who moved from Bristol to the Midlands to set up ironworks.