As the Contemporary Voices part of our project is coming to an end and we are preparing for our first exhibition at the Hull History Centre in September, we have decided to launch a new feature which looks to chart the African presence in Hull and East Yorkshire through images and videos. While some include famous people, such as Desmond Tutu others are of men and women who we have found no further information about.
Although for confidentiality reasons we need to be very careful when selecting images for our collection, we would encourage you to look through your family photographs or local newspapers to find pictures showing Black entertainers, sportsmen, politicians or servicemen in the region between 1750 and 2007. Alternatively, if you are of African descent and wish to send us a picture of yourself with a small biography, please do so.
As well as photographs and newspaper clippings we are also very interested in copies of any drawings or paintings you may have discovered in Hull and East Yorkshire highlighting the African presence in the region.
Once these sources have been showcased in our blog, they will be added to our existing photo and video gallery. Already, located on these pages are a host of images which have featured alongside the many stories that we have published plus my personal favourite a video of a small group of Black boxers at Hull fair in 1902 (to watch this short clip, click here).
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow when we will be releasing the first picture in our fabulous collection.
Please click here if you would like to send us your photographs or videos.
Dr Lauren Darwin
African Stories Project Researcher.