In Dahomey at the Theatre Royal, Hull
On Monday, we released a fantastic piece about the theatre production In Dahomey by our guest writer Eleanor Rylatt. The show was the first full-length musical written and played by an entirely Black cast and was a sensation on Broadway. In Dahomey toured Britain in the early twentieth century, performing in Hull for six nights from 1 February 1904.
Read the interesting story of In Dahomey here.
A West African Chief in Hull
On 25 September 1929, the Hull Daily Mail published an article that commented on the marriage of West African chief Ben Simmons and his local bride Margaret Wyng.
Find out how the couple met and why they chose to settle in Hull by reading the latest blog post here.
Did you know that the much loved and celebrated music icon Jimi Hendrix performed in Hull?
Our latest story, by guest writer Thomas Burrows, explores Hendrix’s life, career and cultural significance as well as his visit to Hull’s Skyline Ballroom in 1967 during a UK tour for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Read the fascinating story on Jimi Hendrix here.
Yesterday we released a blog post on children’s homes in Hull and East Yorkshire. While we have identified some boys and girls of African descent who lived in these institutions, our latest blog post addresses the problems of trying to find people with Black heritage and thus analyse their experiences in the care system.
Read our blog post on children’s homes here.
If you have information about people of African descent in one of the region’s children’s home please contact us here.
A historical perspective of crime in the first half of the twentieth century
Between 1900 and 1950, over 120 people of African descent appeared in court as the perpetrator, victim or witness of a crime committed in Hull or East Yorkshire. The focus of this piece is to highlight the lives of Black men and women through their interactions with the criminal justice system. It aims to show that by analysing the context in which crimes were committed, we can gain a better understanding of the wider social and economic climate which was endured by people of African descent living in this region during the first half of the twentieth century.
Read our piece, Race and Crime in Hull in the First Half of the Twentieth Century, here.
We have also released several case studies of men of African descent who were the perpetrators or victims of crimes committed in Hull and East Yorkshire in the early twentieth century.
Read about the lives of the following men:
A Happy New Year
Our first blog post of 2018 gives information about the changes to our schedule and our exhibition which will be taking place at East Riding Treasure House, Beverley from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 30 June.
Read our blog here.
Download the Treasure House brochure to learn more about our exhibition.
Follow the project on social media.