African Stories in Hull & East Yorkshire Project Updates
The Mainprize/Wheeler family
On Tuesday, we released a story written by Hilda Mainprize about her family. Hilda’s mother, Nigerian Aina Okolo met, Hull-born seaman George Albert Mainprize in her home town in the late 1950s. She emigrated to the region with her husband and their three children in November 1964. Aina had another child with George when she arrived in Hull and when the pair separated she made further additions to her family with partner Harry Wheeler. Today there are 30 members of her immediate family.
Read the Mainprize/Wheeler story here.
Our latest blog post highlights the sacrifices made by men and women of African descent during World War Two. It gives information about the deaths of four Black servicemen who were linked to East Yorkshire. Two of these men died of illnesses which were contracted during training at Filey, while the other two were killed in flying accidents. Click here for more information.
Our EXHIBITION Countdown!
Tomorrow marks the four-month countdown to our exhibition at the Hull History Centre. To celebrate we are releasing our exhibition poster. See our EVENTS page for further details.
The Ema Family History
Asuquo ‘Zook’ Ema is of dual Nigerian and English heritage from parents who met at Hull University. His early years were remarkable as he experienced the trauma of being caught up in the Biafran war and losing his father in the confusion. This story informs about the early years of his life as retold by his mother Wendy Ema who brought up her three children alone surviving adversity and profound loss.
*In case you missed it, we released Asuquo ‘Zook’ Ema’s oral history in the first week of April (listen to it HERE).
Lew Leslie’s Blackbird Theatre Group
The third image released as part of our new picture blog series is of Lew Leslie’s Blackbird Theatre Group. The photograph shows the African American troupe laying a wreath at the William Wilberforce monument in February 1937. Click HERE to see the image on our Picture Gallery and read all about this fantastic black and white picture on the blog post HERE
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.
Click here to read our We Need Your Help blog
Click here to go to our Picture Gallery and view the first image in our New Picture blog
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