African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire Project Updates
Seaside Resorts Part One: Scarborough
On Tuesday we released the first of a two-part story about seaside resorts in East Yorkshire. This piece focused on Scarborough and was written by our guest writer Audrey Dewjee. Scarborough became famous in the seventeenth century and has remained popular with holiday makers ever since. As a popular seaside resort Scarborough has attracted many entertainers and seasonal workers of African descent. Read about some of these people here
New material and page updates blog post
Yesterday we released a blog showcasing the new information that we have received from various contributors. Within this piece we also appealed for any extra information you may have that could be of use to our project or Beverley Treasure House exhibition which will open in May 2018.
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Theophilus Davis settled in Hull in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. He married twice and had children in the region. Davis joined the East Yorkshire Regiment during the First World War and sadly lost his life at the Battle of Estaires which was one of the opening phases of the Battles of Lys in Belgium.
Click here to read about this brave Black soldier and his family.
Spot the difference!
Yesterday we released a blog that revelead two pictures of Hull docks, which are believed to have been painted by local artist John Ward in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although they are remarkably similar, there is one important difference, can you identify what it is?
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My Story: Imo G
On Tuesday we released an emotive and thought-provoking piece written by Imo G about her life experiences. She was born in Stoke on Trent but was adopted when 10 days old in Hull. Read about her positive relationship with her adoptive parents, what it was like growing up in this region and how sport and being subjected to racism have shaped her approach to and outlook on life.
To read Imo G’s story click here
Instead of a blog this week, we have released a short piece about Carlos Trower, the high rope artist of African descent who performed in Hull and Beverley in the 1860s. Although, Trower only visited this region, the 1871 census reveals that his first wife and son lived in Hull.
To read his amazing story click here
James Edward Philadelphia Moore
On Tuesday, we released the story of James Edward Philadelphia Moore by guest writer Audrey Dewjee. Moore lived in Scarborough in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century working as a flower seller. In 1908, he unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide in Sheffield. This caused a scandal because before the Suicide Act of 1961, it was a crime to attempt to take your own life.
Read the story of James Edward Philadelphia Moore here
Nick the Cook: Blog Post
Alec Gill’s book entitled Nick the Cook: Hull’s black fisherman is one of the few works that has acknowledged Black presence in this region’s maritime history. His study focuses on the personal and professional life of Jamaican sailor, Ivan George Exell who settled in Hull in the late 1940s.
Click here to read our latest blog post about Gill’s work.
George Emanuel Michael and Theresa Hempstock
On 31 December 1931, George Emanuel Michael murdered his bigamous wife Theresa Hempstock at 7 Upper Union Street, Hull. He was hanged for this crime at Hull prison on 27 April 1932. Find out all about his life and details of the crime here
On 4 November, the Hull Daily Mail paid tribute to the fantastic, local Black entertainer Leon Riley. The article revealed information about his life and successful career including personal highlights such as when he was a compére for The Beatles at Witham’s Majestic Ballroom in 1962 and 1963. To read a blog post based on information from this article click here.
On Tuesday, we released Robin Hope’s story. Robin’s birth father migrated from Grenada to Britain in 1959 and his mother shortly after. He was born in London on 26 April 1961. However, his parents quickly separated and he was thus brought up by his mother and later step father. After regular visits to Hull in the late 1980s, Robin decided to move to the region. He has worked and lived in Hull for over two decades raising his son who was born in Hull.
Read Robin’s story here
Lest We Forget: Black Servicemen and Women
Our latest blog post questions the notion of 'Lest We Forget' and who we are actually 'remembering' and commemorating on Remembrance Sunday. It highlights that while men and women of African descent have always played a crucial role in the British Forces, they often remain overlooked by those paying their respects to service personnel who sacrificed so much during war.
Read our latest blog here
Professor Uduak Archibong MBE is the Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Bradford. She completed her PhD, which focused on how to promote family centre care and use extended family as a resource in health care delivery, teaching qualification and a nursing conversion course at Hull University between 1992 and 1995. Udy has gone onto have a very prestigious career receiving many prominent awards including an MBE for her contributions to higher education and equality.
To read Udy’s story click here
Hymers College Black History
On Wednesday we released a blog charting Hymers Black presence. In September Henry Marsden collected images from the school’s extensive photograph collection showing students of African descent in ten images between 1973 and 2007.
To see these images, click here
On Tuesday we released the story of Desmond Tutu. The social rights activist and Anglican clergymen visited Hull on three occasions between 1989 and 2007. Tutu was given the freedom of the city in the 1980s and remains the patron of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation. Find out more about Tutu’s ties to Hull and East Yorkshire here.
Blog Post: Roundup of Exhibition and Associated Events
Our blog this week focused on a roundup of the events we organised to coincide with our exhibition and Black History month.
Click here to see what find out what we have been up to in the last four weeks.
Blog Post: Boulevard Academy's Report on our Schools Study Day
Following on from yesterday's blog post review of our recent exhibition and events, a couple of the students from Boulevard School in Hull have kindly put together a report for us about what they experienced and took away from the day. You can read the post here
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.
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