The start of 2017 has been an extremely busy time for the African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire project. Already we have released a wide variety of new material which has shed greater light on the history of Black men and women in this region.
We have gained further knowledge of people of African descent in a professional capacity through our research on Black sailors, the University of Hull’s prestigious alumni and the narratives of sportsmen such as Clive Sullivan and Roy Francis.
We have also released multigenerational family histories which document what life was like in the region for people with African heritage. The Bowers and Weeks Families' stories have provided examples of men who relocated from the Caribbean to East Yorkshire, settled and had children.
In addition, we have added the stories of Black men and women who visited East Yorkshire to speak or perform. These include abolitionists Sella Martin, Henry ‘Box’ Brown, Alexander Crummell, William Craft and Moses Roper, as well as sportsmen such as the Harlem Globe Trotters.
Lastly, oral histories from Jason Bowers, Richard Weeks, Cynthia Bailey and Anne deGroot have been excellent additions to our expanding Contemporary Voices archive.
If you have missed any of these wonderful stories, please click on the individual links to read or listen to them straight away.
Dr Lauren Darwin
African Stories Project Researcher.