Jon is of mixed heritage and was raised by his English mother, Angela Gilbey, with the help of his maternal family in Hull. He grew up never being told much about his father, Tony Lewis, until at the age of 13 years, long kept secrets started to be revealed. Jon’s research into his father’s family has recently shed new light on his African American heritage and has revealed a possible link to slavery.
To read Jon’s fascinating story click here
Contemporary Voices: Oral history by Gifty Burrows
Gifty talks about her childhood leaving Ghana as a 7-year-old girl with her younger brother without being able to speak English. Her upbringing in Huddersfield and Bury in an exclusively white neighbourhood brought her face to face with insidious racism. She describes how her self-confidence grew out of necessity whilst graduating as a nurse in Leeds. After meeting her husband whilst students at university she mentions the difficulties experienced in embarking on a mixed-marriage and the challenges of staying together whilst raising 3 children in a rural East Yorkshire market town. Her drive to challenge the stereotypes of blackness in all forms of life has brought her to this point where the African Stories project is helping to bring history of people of African descent to a wider audience.
Listen to Gifty's interview here.
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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