In September, Henry Marsden conducted research at Hymers College to uncover the school’s Black presence between its opening in 1893 and 2007. As certain records are inaccessible, Henry focused on Hymers extensive photograph collection. In total, he reviewed 400 pictures and found 10 which showed students of African descent. Although, Hymers has pictures dating back to the 1890s, the first photograph he found of a Black pupil was in 1973. However, it is possible that students with African heritage studied at the school before this date but were not captured by a photographer. Other images include students in class pictures, sports teams and at high-profile events. Below are a number of photographs showing Hymers pupils of African descent. This research is valuable in that it demonstrates Black history at Hymers.
Thanks to Henry Marsden for conducting this research. If you would like to get involved with our project by charting your school or college’s Black History, click here to contact us.
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Dr Lauren Darwin
African Stories Project Researcher.