'Our Histories Revealed' Exhibition: Hull History Centre
Four months from today, on 26 September 2017, we will be launching our first project exhibition at the Hull History Centre. It will bring together creative mediums such as pictures, videos, artwork, memorabilia and music in a multisensory representation of African stories in Hull and East Yorkshire. Our exhibition not only sheds light on the region's neglected Black history, but inherently merges themes of migration, inclusivity and community in a new and innovative way. This exhibition offers something for everyone and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
**Make sure you save the date! See our exhibition poster below
and click HERE to go to our Events page for further information!**
A Reminder: Bud Sugar and Chiedu Oraka Gig
In addition, don’t miss Bud Sugar and Chiedu Oraka’s exciting gig at Fruit on Wednesday 12 July. This event is part of Hull Jazz Festival and is not to be missed. For more information see http://www.jnight.org/whatson/bud-sugar-chiedu-oraka
Click here to watch and listen to Bud Sugar’s oral history interview.
Click here to listen to Chiedu Oraka’s oral history interview
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Mike Greenwood, who is taking part in the Hatfield Triathlon to raise money for our exhibition. You can make a donation by following this LINK.
Good luck Mike!
Within the last five years, the forgotten role of Black service personnel in the First and Second World Wars has been investigated by authors such as Stephen Bourne, Mark Johnson and Linda Hervieux. Collectively their research has demonstrated that men and women of African descent served in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force as well as on the Homefront during both global conflicts. Building upon their works we have released stories on the Merchant Marine, the West Indian Pilots and Ground Crew as well as WAAF Lilian Bader, to demonstrate the local presence of Black service personnel in Hull and East Yorkshire during World War One and Two. However, while most of these stories are overwhelmingly positive, it has been possible for us to highlight the sacrifices made by people of African descent during war with stories such as the death of Adolphus Meheux. To add further layers to this theme, we have found the graves of four Black servicemen who were linked to East Yorkshire.
 Stephen Bourne, Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community and the Great War (Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2014) and Stephen Bourne, The Motherland Calls: Britain’s Black Servicemen & Women 1939-45 (Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2012); Mark Johnson, Caribbean Volunteers at War: The forgotten story of the RAF’s ‘Tuskegee Airmen’ (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2014); Linda Hervieux, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes (Gloucestershire: Amberley, 2015).
 Wartime Recollections: Brenda Gray (nee Downs) http://www.angelfire.com/de3/fileycasualties/Brenda_Gray.htm [accessed 02/04/2017]
 With thanks to Stephen Bourne for bringing Vivian Florent to our attention and for his support. For more information on Vivian Florent see Stephen Bourne, The Motherland Calls, p. 125-126.
This black and white photograph was taken in February 1937 as members of Lew Leslie’s Blackbird Theatre group laid a wreath at the William Wilberforce Monument in the centre of Hull.
The African American troupe had completed successful performances in the West End of London before they travelled to Hull and dazzled locals in the Palace Theatre. Among the group were Tim Moore and composer J. Rosamond Johnson (click HERE to listen to the well-known song ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing') which he composed and wrote with his brother James Weldon Johnson as well as other talented singers, comedians and dancers.
If you know more about this photograph or would like to submit an image for display on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us HERE. You can view other project images in our Picture Gallery HERE.
*Thanks to Vanessa Salter and Hull Museums for supplying us with this image.
Dr Lauren Darwin