New Olaudah Equiano Blog Post
The aim of our project is to chart African presence in Hull and East Yorkshire. Therefore, it is exceptionally important for us to provide stories based on facts and solid evidence. If we cannot unequivocally prove that a person visited, worked or lived in the region, then we simply cannot include them in our catalogue of stories. In our latest blog post we have questioned whether Olaudah Equiano visited Hull. While historians have advised that the celebrated Black abolitionist travelled to the birthplace of Wilberforce in November 1792 to promote his autobiography, it has been difficult to find evidence detailing his presence in the region. Read this blog to find out why we have chosen not to include his story until we can prove he came to Hull or East Yorkshire.
New Picture Blog #2: Africans Dancing in Queen's Gardens, Hull.
Yesterday we released the second photograph in our new Picture Blog. The fantastic image shows a group of Africans dancing in Queens Gardens Hull in 1983. Take a look now!
New 'Picture Blog' Post
This week we have released our new and exciting Picture Blog which looks to chart African presence in Hull and East Yorkshire through images and videos. On Tuesday, we invited you to get involved by looking through old newspapers and family photographs, to see if you could help us add to our collection of fabulous images. Don’t forget as well as famous people we are also looking for members of the public who demonstrate that people of African heritage have a long and far reaching history in this region. Yesterday, we released the first image in our Picture Blog entitled ‘Earliest photograph of a Black resident of Hull, c.1880.’ It was given to us by Dr Nicholas Evans from his own personal collection.
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Click here to go to our Picture Gallery and view the first image in our New Picture blog
New Research Blog Post
In continuation from our blog post last week, we have once again acknowledged how the digitisation of resources has helped us uncover the African presence in Hull and East Yorkshire between 1750 and 2007. Records which reveal Black men and women who visited, lived and worked the region can be found all over the world. This week we have focused on those located in America and have revealed the names of a small selection of men and women who migrated from Hull across the Atlantic.
Click here to read our new research blog post.
Oral Histories Final Call!
Also we would like to take this opportunity to put out a final call for anyone of African descent who is willing to share their story by participating in an oral history interview for the Contemporary Voices section of our project. We now have limited spaces left so click here to contact us if you are interested.
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