On Tuesday, we featured the wonderful life-story of Laureen Sylvestre told by her daughter Cleo. Laureen was born on 19 February 1911 at 37 Peel Street in Hull. Although she was brought up in care, she had an exciting life in showbusiness. Her legacy has been continued by daughter Cleo Sylvestre and granddaughter Zoe Palmer, who have both had successful careers in the arts.
Read about Laureen Sylvestre here.
Blog Post: Human Curiosities
On Wednesday, we released a short blog about African human exhibits which were showcased in Hull and East Yorkshire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To read this blog please click here.
Up and coming events!
E x h i b i t i o n C o u n t d o w n!!
It is only five days until our fantastic exhibition ‘Our Histories Revealed’ opens at the Hull History Centre. Find out more by going to our Events page or click on the poster below.
Frederick Brown, ‘a native of Guinea aged 22 years’, was baptised in St. Mary’s Church, Whitby, on 12 April 1775. He was described by a local as ‘a Negro slave who stowed himself away on board the Prince Frederick belonging to Jonas Brown’, a Whitby ship-owner.
To read more about Brown and his life in Hull and East Yorkshire click here
Picture Blog #11: The University of Hull’s sportsmen and women
Yesterday we released an assortment of photographs, that featured in the student magazine, Hullfire during the 1970s and 1980s. They show students of African descent representing Hull University in an array of sports.
To view our eleventh picture blog, click here
Reminder: Have you registered for our Study Day yet?
Don’t forget to register if you would like to attend our Study Day on 7 October 2017 at WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation), Hull.
Go to our Events page to find out more or download the Study Day poster HERE. If you would like to add your name to the list go to our Submit/Contact page.
On Tuesday, we released a story about sailor Marcus Bailey. He was born on 18 July 1883 in Bridgetown, Barbados and arrived in Hull on 19 February 1903 on board the Charlotte. He remained in the region for six years until he moved to Fleetwood in 1909. Marcus later returned to Hull with his family in 1924.
Find out more about his life here
Marcus Bailey was Lilian Bailey's father - read her story here
Further Research and New Additions to our Stories
We are always looking for additional information to enhance our understanding of a person, event or theme. Recently we have been sent new evidence African students in Filey.
To read more click here
James Benjamin Williams
On Tuesday, we released a story about James (Jimmy) Benjamin Williams as told by Denise Anne Mennell. She contacted the project team as she was keen to tell his story and celebrate the special bond she had with her very dear friend.
To read Jimmy’s story click here
New Project Feature! Who do you know?
On Wednesday we launched a campaign to get the people of Hull and East Yorkshire to look through their old photographs and send us any which show African presence in the region before 2007.
To read more about our new feature or find out how to get involved click here.
Calling all teachers! ‘Our Histories Revealed’ study day for schools
Yesterday we asked teachers from around the region to take part in our study day on 6 October by
bringing their classes to a taster session on Black history. The event will be held at Hull College and will
include a trip to see our fantastic exhibition at the Hull History Centre.
For more information please click here.
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