The prominent anti-slavery workers were Ralph Sandiford, Benjamin Lay, Anthony Benezet and John Woolman.'
The individuals among the American Quakers who laboured most earnestly and indefatigably on behalf of the Africans were John Woolman (1720-1773) and Anthony Benezet (1713-1784), the latter a son of a French Huguenot driven from France by the revocation of the edict of Nantes.
In the process of its publication he was brought into contact with several persons already deeply interested in the question; amongst others with Granville Sharp, William Dillwyn (an American by birth, who had known Benezet), and the Rev. James Ramsay, who had lived nineteen years in St Christopher, and had published an Essay on the Treatment and Conversion of the African Slaves in the British Sugar Colonies.
A suspension bridge leads over the river to Villeneuveles-Avignon, and a little higher up, a picturesque ruined bridge of the 12th century, the Pont Saint-Benezet, projects into the stream.
Only four of the eighteen piles are left; on one of them stands the chapel of Saint-Benezet, a small Romanesque building.