Suicide: People of African descent and the act of suicide in Hull
Monday's new story analyses people with African heritage who attempted or committed suicide in Hull in the twentieth century. It focuses on the forgotten histories of three men: Emmanuel Anderson; Edward Cocoa and James Bailey while analysing community and court responses to self-murder before the passing of the Suicide Act in 1961.
Read our story on suicide in Hull.
James Clinton Jordan
Our second story this week focused on African American James Clinton Jordan. In the 1950s, Holme-on-Spalding Moor was used as a base for the United States Air Force and some serving men travelled to Hull to enjoy the city when they had free time. On 4 May 1956, Jordan stabbed Walter Beaumont in the Blue Bird Café, and the events that followed changed the course of legal history.
Read the story of James Clinton Jordan.
Seaside Resorts: Part Two - Bridlington and Filey
This week we have released a story which charts Black presence in Bridlington and Filey. Our guest writer Audrey Dewjee has demonstrated through entertainers, visitors, local characters and wonderful pictures that two of the region’s most popular seaside resorts have been regularly frequented by people of African descent.
Read about Bridlington and Filey’s Black history.
Hull Daily Mail's Flashback series
Yesterday blog post focuses on photographs we have come across in the Hull Daily Mail Flashback series that document people of African descent in the region through the decades. Some of them are of people who have engaged with our project such as David Gambe, Clive Sullivan and Alex Dyer while other pictures we would love to know more about.
Read our latest blog post.
Dusé Mohamed Ali
We're proud to learn that the African Stories project was the inspiration for the naming of Dusé Mohamed Ali as one of the 100 people honoured in Hull in the Lord Mayor's Centenary plaque scheme. This will honour people who have made an impact within their field locally, nationally and internationally.
See footage of Gifty Burrows speaking on ITV Calendar this week on our Project in the media page.
Many thanks to Les Smith of Beverley FM for broadcasting our 'Call for Information' on 12 February, and providing early notice of our forthcoming exhibition at Beverley Treasure House from 5 May to 30 June.
See our Project in the media page for Les' broadcast.
Our latest story is about Master Juba, the exceptionally talented African American dancer who rose to fame in the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1840s, he worked for P. T. Barnham’s museum billed as "Master Juba, the Dancing Wonder of the Age" and later for Pell’s Ethiopian Serenaders who toured Britain. In July 1849, he performed at the Zoological Gardens and Temperance Hall in Hull.
Read our Master Juba feature.
Alyce Fraser, the West Indian soprano
Yesterday's blog was on West Indian soprano Alyce Fraser's short stay in Hull. While she was in the region, the singer performed at Holderness Road Methodist Church and visited some of the city's most popular attractions including Wilberforce House.
Read about Alyce Fraser on the blog.
The Gittens family
On Monday we released a fascinating story about the Gittens family by our guest writer Audrey Dewjee. Claude Gittens was born in Barbados around 1877. He moved to Hull in the early twentieth century and married Babette Marie Burkhart. Claude and their oldest son appeared on the front of the Hull Daily Mail in 1936 after the vessel they were working on board sent an SOS signal while crossing the Atlantic.
Find out more about the Gittens family here.
Local Black history in personal archives
Our latest blog post, reveals the hidden treasures that people have come across in their personal archives or while looking through old photographs or books.
Event memorabilia, books, videos, photographs, magazines and newspapers are all vital to uncovering Black history in Hull and East Yorkshire. Please take a moment to look through your collections and get involved with our project.
If you have any information which you think may be of use to our project, please contact us here.
Read the full blog post here.
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