My Story: Imo G
On Tuesday we released an emotive and thought-provoking piece written by Imo G about her life experiences. She was born in Stoke on Trent but was adopted when 10 days old in Hull. Read about her positive relationship with her adoptive parents, what it was like growing up in this region and how sport and being subjected to racism have shaped her approach to and outlook on life.
To read Imo G’s story click here
Instead of a blog this week, we have released a short piece about Carlos Trower, the high rope artist of African descent who performed in Hull and Beverley in the 1860s. Although, Trower only visited this region, the 1871 census reveals that his first wife and son lived in Hull.
To read his amazing story click here
James Edward Philadelphia Moore
On Tuesday, we released the story of James Edward Philadelphia Moore by guest writer Audrey Dewjee. Moore lived in Scarborough in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century working as a flower seller. In 1908, he unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide in Sheffield. This caused a scandal because before the Suicide Act of 1961, it was a crime to attempt to take your own life.
Read the story of James Edward Philadelphia Moore here
Nick the Cook: Blog Post
Alec Gill’s book entitled Nick the Cook: Hull’s black fisherman is one of the few works that has acknowledged Black presence in this region’s maritime history. His study focuses on the personal and professional life of Jamaican sailor, Ivan George Exell who settled in Hull in the late 1940s.
Click here to read our latest blog post about Gill’s work.
George Emanuel Michael and Theresa Hempstock
On 31 December 1931, George Emanuel Michael murdered his bigamous wife Theresa Hempstock at 7 Upper Union Street, Hull. He was hanged for this crime at Hull prison on 27 April 1932. Find out all about his life and details of the crime here
On 4 November, the Hull Daily Mail paid tribute to the fantastic, local Black entertainer Leon Riley. The article revealed information about his life and successful career including personal highlights such as when he was a compére for The Beatles at Witham’s Majestic Ballroom in 1962 and 1963. To read a blog post based on information from this article click here.
On Tuesday, we released Robin Hope’s story. Robin’s birth father migrated from Grenada to Britain in 1959 and his mother shortly after. He was born in London on 26 April 1961. However, his parents quickly separated and he was thus brought up by his mother and later step father. After regular visits to Hull in the late 1980s, Robin decided to move to the region. He has worked and lived in Hull for over two decades raising his son who was born in Hull.
Read Robin’s story here
Lest We Forget: Black Servicemen and Women
Our latest blog post questions the notion of 'Lest We Forget' and who we are actually 'remembering' and commemorating on Remembrance Sunday. It highlights that while men and women of African descent have always played a crucial role in the British Forces, they often remain overlooked by those paying their respects to service personnel who sacrificed so much during war.
Read our latest blog here
Professor Uduak Archibong MBE is the Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Bradford. She completed her PhD, which focused on how to promote family centre care and use extended family as a resource in health care delivery, teaching qualification and a nursing conversion course at Hull University between 1992 and 1995. Udy has gone onto have a very prestigious career receiving many prominent awards including an MBE for her contributions to higher education and equality.
To read Udy’s story click here
Hymers College Black History
On Wednesday we released a blog charting Hymers Black presence. In September Henry Marsden collected images from the school’s extensive photograph collection showing students of African descent in ten images between 1973 and 2007.
To see these images, click here
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