African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire Project Updates
On Tuesday we released the story of Nigerian-born fashion design graduate Sade and her band of the same name. The story, by guest writer Thomas Burrows, considers how many musicians synonymous with 80's pop culture had real connections to East Yorkshire and focuses in particular on Helen Folusade Adu who became 80s music icon Sade. To read this story click here.
'Our Histories Revealed': Last Few Days of the Exhibition!
On Wednesday our latest blog post was a reminder that our exhibition at Hull History Centre finishes this Saturday (21 October) and encourages everyone to visit. We were also able to share the numerous wonderful comments left by visitors to the exhibition on a new specially created page.
You can read our blog here and take a look at our Visitors Comments page here.
John Lewis Friday
On Tuesday we released the fantastic story of Black soldier, John Lewis Friday, by guest writer John Ellis. Friday joined the British Army in the early nineteenth century, he fought at the Battle of Waterloo and received a medal for his bravery. He was stationed in Hull for a short time marring Mary Woodhall at Sculcoates in 1817.
Read John Lewis Friday’s story here
On Wednesday we released a blog piece about historian Peter Fryer acknowledging his pioneering contribution to Black History.
Read our latest blog post here
Project update, Exhibition News and Project Events!
This is an extremely busy time for the project team as we have several exciting events coming up in Hull. On Tuesday, we released a blog post detailing the start of our new exhibition, our forthcoming project events and details about how you can get involved with the project. Read more about how to attend our exhibition, study day or presentations. Find our more on our Events page or read our latest blog post here.
A Week in Pictures: Exhibition Opening Evening and VIP Visits at Hull History Centre
On Wednesday we released a blog and picture diary of our events last week. We have included photographs of our fantastic exhibition opening night and a visit by the High Commissioner of Ghana. If you have not yet visited the ‘Our Histories Revealed’ exhibition, please come along to the Hull History Centre before it ends on 21 October.
View our latest picture diary here
Yesterday we released a story by Dr Douglas Field about the American writer and social critic, James Arthur Baldwin. Find out about his life and how he is connected to Hull here.
On Tuesday, we featured the wonderful life-story of Laureen Sylvestre told by her daughter Cleo. Laureen was born on 19 February 1911 at 37 Peel Street in Hull. Although she was brought up in care, she had an exciting life in showbusiness. Her legacy has been continued by daughter Cleo Sylvestre and granddaughter Zoe Palmer, who have both had successful careers in the arts.
Read about Laureen Sylvestre here.
Blog Post: Human Curiosities
On Wednesday, we released a short blog about African human exhibits which were showcased in Hull and East Yorkshire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To read this blog please click here.
Up and coming events!
E x h i b i t i o n C o u n t d o w n!!
It is only five days until our fantastic exhibition ‘Our Histories Revealed’ opens at the Hull History Centre. Find out more by going to our Events page or click on the poster below.
Frederick Brown, ‘a native of Guinea aged 22 years’, was baptised in St. Mary’s Church, Whitby, on 12 April 1775. He was described by a local as ‘a Negro slave who stowed himself away on board the Prince Frederick belonging to Jonas Brown’, a Whitby ship-owner.
To read more about Brown and his life in Hull and East Yorkshire click here
Picture Blog #11: The University of Hull’s sportsmen and women
Yesterday we released an assortment of photographs, that featured in the student magazine, Hullfire during the 1970s and 1980s. They show students of African descent representing Hull University in an array of sports.
To view our eleventh picture blog, click here
Reminder: Have you registered for our Study Day yet?
Don’t forget to register if you would like to attend our Study Day on 7 October 2017 at WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation), Hull.
Go to our Events page to find out more or download the Study Day poster HERE. If you would like to add your name to the list go to our Submit/Contact page.
On Tuesday, we released a story about sailor Marcus Bailey. He was born on 18 July 1883 in Bridgetown, Barbados and arrived in Hull on 19 February 1903 on board the Charlotte. He remained in the region for six years until he moved to Fleetwood in 1909. Marcus later returned to Hull with his family in 1924.
Find out more about his life here
Marcus Bailey was Lilian Bailey's father - read her story here
Further Research and New Additions to our Stories
We are always looking for additional information to enhance our understanding of a person, event or theme. Recently we have been sent new evidence African students in Filey.
To read more click here
James Benjamin Williams
On Tuesday, we released a story about James (Jimmy) Benjamin Williams as told by Denise Anne Mennell. She contacted the project team as she was keen to tell his story and celebrate the special bond she had with her very dear friend.
To read Jimmy’s story click here
New Project Feature! Who do you know?
On Wednesday we launched a campaign to get the people of Hull and East Yorkshire to look through their old photographs and send us any which show African presence in the region before 2007.
To read more about our new feature or find out how to get involved click here.
Calling all teachers! ‘Our Histories Revealed’ study day for schools
Yesterday we asked teachers from around the region to take part in our study day on 6 October by
bringing their classes to a taster session on Black history. The event will be held at Hull College and will
include a trip to see our fantastic exhibition at the Hull History Centre.
For more information please click here.
Adelaide Louisa Hall was a jazz singer and actress born on the 20th October 1901 in Brooklyn, New York. Although, her career spanned 70 years, she travelled to Hull only once in 1948 to perform with a variety of entertainers at the Tivoli theatre. To read her story click here
Henry Glover was born in the Gold Coast region of West Africa around 1881. He arrived in Hull in the early twentieth century and worked in the region as a photographer for over two decades. To read his story click here
The Ali Family
In the early 1940s Hussein Mohamed, also known as Abraham Ali, a sailor from British Somaliland and his partner Rose Ada Grisley settled in Hull. Shortly after they married, Rose moved to London leaving four of her six children with their father. Due to Ali’s profession and the time he spent at sea, Abraham, Hassan, Maizna and Adam were placed in Hesslewood children’s home. When they were released from the care system Hassan and Adam became sailors working out of the port of Hull. Sadly, Adam died on board the Kingston Peridot which was part of the ‘Triple Trawler Tragedy’ in 1968.
Click here to read about the Ali family
The Russian Outrage
The tenth image in our picture blog series shows a man of African descent standing in a crowd at St Andrews dock in the aftermath of the Russian Outrage in 1904.
To view this image, click here
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
On Tuesday, we released a story by guest writer Lauren Eglen about the famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this piece Lauren explores the global and local significance of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s pioneering work. The novel spawned plays and films which were enjoyed by audiences in Hull and artefacts which can still be viewed at Wilberforce House Museum today.
To read about Uncle Tom’s Cabin click here
Wiseman Derrick Khuzwayo
Wiseman arrived in London in 1977 after being forced into exile following detention and torture by the South African police. In 1981, he graduated from Hull University with an LLB degree in Law. Wiseman went on to be a journalist in London and South Africa before his death on 26 May 2017.
To read about Wiseman Derrick Khuzwayo click here
To explore Hull University’s other notable Black alumni members, click here
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