Happy New Year from the African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire Project!
2017 is set to be a busy and fruitful year for the Africans project as we enter Hull's year of celebrations as the UK's City of Culture. Keep an eye out for all the new research updates and event notifications on our blog and check out our website pages to find out how you can get involved in this exciting project!
Today's update features research into Hull's maritime community. In particular we have been searching for sailors with African heritage who lived in the region. While surviving crew lists have given us an insight into the global endeavours of Black sailors leaving and returning to the port, seaman’s identity cards have supplied fantastic photographs of the sailors alongside physical descriptions. Other documents have demonstrated that many of these men were a pivotal part of the Merchant Marine during the First or Second World War, with some sadly living through both. Together these sources have enabled us to build a picture of the lives of the Black men who contributed to the economic and social fabric of this fantastic port city.
Dr Lauren Darwin
African Stories Project Researcher.