Adelaide Louisa Hall was a jazz singer and actress born on the 20th October 1901 in Brooklyn, New York. Although, her career spanned 70 years, she travelled to Hull only once in 1948 to perform with a variety of entertainers at the Tivoli theatre. To read her story click here
Henry Glover was born in the Gold Coast region of West Africa around 1881. He arrived in Hull in the early twentieth century and worked in the region as a photographer for over two decades. To read his story click here
The Ali Family
In the early 1940s Hussein Mohamed, also known as Abraham Ali, a sailor from British Somaliland and his partner Rose Ada Grisley settled in Hull. Shortly after they married, Rose moved to London leaving four of her six children with their father. Due to Ali’s profession and the time he spent at sea, Abraham, Hassan, Maizna and Adam were placed in Hesslewood children’s home. When they were released from the care system Hassan and Adam became sailors working out of the port of Hull. Sadly, Adam died on board the Kingston Peridot which was part of the ‘Triple Trawler Tragedy’ in 1968.
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The Russian Outrage
The tenth image in our picture blog series shows a man of African descent standing in a crowd at St Andrews dock in the aftermath of the Russian Outrage in 1904.
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin
On Tuesday, we released a story by guest writer Lauren Eglen about the famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this piece Lauren explores the global and local significance of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s pioneering work. The novel spawned plays and films which were enjoyed by audiences in Hull and artefacts which can still be viewed at Wilberforce House Museum today.
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Wiseman Derrick Khuzwayo
Wiseman arrived in London in 1977 after being forced into exile following detention and torture by the South African police. In 1981, he graduated from Hull University with an LLB degree in Law. Wiseman went on to be a journalist in London and South Africa before his death on 26 May 2017.
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On Tuesday, we released a story by guest writer Allison Edwards about Pablo Fanque (born William Darby). Fanque was the first Black English circus owner, becoming famous in Victorian Britain for his extraordinary shows. During his career which spanned over 30 years, he starred as a tightrope walker, acrobat and a gifted equestrian. Fanque primarily performed in Yorkshire and Lancashire where audiences flocked to see his extraordinary talents.
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Yesterday we released a piece written by Audrey Dewjee regarding the adoption of three orphans from Hull by African American troops during World War Two.
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