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Daily Mail - 2021-06-11

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Boris’s gift to Joe, a picture of anti-slavery pioneer

The Seaside Summit

BORIS Johnson presented Joe Biden with a framed photograph of an anti-slavery campaigner to mark their first meeting. Former slave Frederick Douglass (left) became a leading figure in the 19th century abolitionist movement in the US. He visited Ireland and Britain in the 1840s on a speaking tour. The photograph – taken by Melissa Highton, a dual US and British national – is of a mural by Ross Blair which is part of trail around Edinburgh. Jill Biden was given a first edition of Daphne du Maurier’s The Apple Tree (right) in a reflection of the author’s Cornish links. In return Mr Johnson was given an American-made bicycle and helmet, and his wife Carrie received a leather tote bag made by the wives of US military personnel and a presidential silk scarf.

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