For the past week we have been analysing the original Wilberforce House visitor log which contains the signatures of those who toured the building between 1891 and 1900. Although the museum was not opened until 1906 the house was still a relatively popular tourist attraction for people who could gain access.
Many of the names inside the log are of local men and women, with only a small proportion of people stating that their birthplace was outside of Yorkshire. However, amongst the often-illegible signatures, two names clearly stand out.
The first is dated 15 May 1893 and is the signature of Nigerian Bishop, Reverend Isaac Oluwole. The second is unmistakably Haitian scholar and diplomat Louis Joseph Janvier who visited Wilberforce House on 7 November 1895.
Keep checking our website to learn more about these very interesting men and why they travelled to Hull. Their exciting stories are coming soon!
Dr Lauren Darwin
African Stories Project Researcher.