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.
C. L. R. James
On Tuesday, we released a story on C. L. R. James written by guest writer Ed Hardiman. James is probably most well-known for his book entitled The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution published in 1938. While there has been much written about James, this article details his special connection with Hull.
To read about C. L. R. James click here
Picture Blog #9: 'Uncle Tom'
The ninth image in our Picture Blog series depicts an older man of African descent with a white beard labelled as ‘Uncle Tom’. It is held by Hull Museums but is currently not on display. Click here to see the image.
Black Lion Tamers in Hull and East Yorkshire
Lion tamers were a significant part of the travelling Menagerie show in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first Black lion tamer to appear in the Hull and East Yorkshire area was Martini Maccomo, who performed with Manders' Royal Menagerie in Beverley as early as 1860.
To read about Maccomo and other lion tamers of African descent who visited this region please click here.
The eighth image in our Picture Blog series shows Haircut 100 star, Blair Cunningham holding a ring buoy labelled Lincoln Castle- Grimsby which was reportedly taken in Hull in 1981.
To see the image and read more about the famous drummer click here
Kenny Fox: The Story of My African Connection
On Tuesday, we released a personal history written by Kenny Fox. In this fascinating piece, Kenny identifies his family ties with slavery, shares his memories of growing up in St Kitts, details his experience of moving from the West Indies to Derby at the age of 10 and explains why he settled in Beverley in 1990.
To read Kenny’s story click here.
Picture Blog #7: Sudanese Officials in Filey, 1960
Our seventh Picture Blog features images found in the Crimlisk Fisher Archive of Sudanese officials visiting Filey in 1960.
To see these images, click here.
African American Soldiers
This week we have released two fantastic pieces on the African American soldiers stationed in East Yorkshire during World War II. Guest writer Ed Hardiman has demonstrated how racial segregation and the William Wilberforce legacy shaped the experiences of Black GIs in the region, while Audrey Dewjee has written a biographical piece on African American soldier, Denis J. Mouton.
Click here to read about the experiences of African American soldiers in Hull and East Yorkshire during WWII.
To read Denris J. Mouton’s story click here
Don’t forget we have already published a piece on African American soldier Wylie Young by Jane Bielby. Click here to read his story.
Picture Blog #6: West African As Missionary’s Best Man
The sixth image in our picture blog series is of Casely Manasseh Obuobisa, who was best man at the wedding of Dorothy Murphy and, missionary from the Gold Coast, Reverend Ernest Sawyer in 1936. View this image here. You can also take a look at more images in our Picture Gallery here.
On 16 July Mike Greenwood is taking part in the Hatfield Triathlon to raise money for our exhibition which opens at the Hull History Centre on 26 September 2017. If you are feeling generous and would like to make a donation, please click here.
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 Olaudah Equiano Blog Post
The aim of our project is to chart African presence in Hull and East Yorkshire. Therefore, it is exceptionally important for us to provide stories based on facts and solid evidence. If we cannot unequivocally prove that a person visited, worked or lived in the region, then we simply cannot include them in our catalogue of stories. In our latest blog post we have questioned whether Olaudah Equiano visited Hull. While historians have advised that the celebrated Black abolitionist travelled to the birthplace of Wilberforce in November 1792 to promote his autobiography, it has been difficult to find evidence detailing his presence in the region. Read this blog to find out why we have chosen not to include his story until we can prove he came to Hull or East Yorkshire.
New Picture Blog #2: Africans Dancing in Queen's Gardens, Hull.
Yesterday we released the second photograph in our new Picture Blog. The fantastic image shows a group of Africans dancing in Queens Gardens Hull in 1983. Take a look now!
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