Category Storytime

George William Gordon

circa 1820 – 23rd October 1865 George William Gordon was a Jamaican politician and businessman. His father was a Scottish planter who was an attorney to several sugar estates in Jamaica. George’s mother was an enslaved woman called Ann Rattray.…

Frank Bailey

Frank Bailey – Firefighter and activist 26th November 1925 – 2nd December 2015 Frank was an activist and fought for injustices until the end of his life. Originally born in Guyana, he left for New York to work on a…

Paul Bogle – Baptist Deacon

1822- 24th October 1865 Paul was born a free man around 1822 in a small village called Stony Gut, Jamaica. Stony Gut was a farming community where Paul owned land himself. Paul was friends with George William Gordon, we will…

Alexandre Dumas

July 24th, 1802 – December 5th, 1870 This is a storytime about Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers. I was first introduced to Alexandre Dumas through Joseph Bologne. Bologne was the inspiration for the character Aramis in The…

C.L.R James

C.L.R James – 4th January 1901 – 31st May 1989 This is a short storytime about C.L.R James, a celebrated author, historian, journalist, and activist. Cyril Lionel Robert James was born in Trinidad. After graduating from school he became a…

Dr. Harold Moody 1882-1947

Dr. Harold Moody was born on the 8th October 1882, in Kingston, Jamaica. Harold’s interest in medicine was sparked by his father who ran a pharmaceutical business.  Seeing his father’s success inspired Harold to move to London, England in 1904…

The Sons of Africa

Here is a short story about one of the first superhero collectives – The Sons of Africa. After escaping slavery or in some cases buying their freedom, these former enslaved men worked together to abolish slavery. These men were different…

John Edmonstone

At Adeptales, we like to shed light on hidden Black heroes. Here we learn about a formerly enslaved man who went on to mentor Charles Darwin. Guyana John Edmonstone was born on a plantation in Guyana. This was owned by…

Una Marson

Una Marson was before her time. Before she moved to Britain, she already achieved more in a creative career than most of us will achieve in a lifetime. Born in Jamaica, her father was a Deacon and she grew up…

Joseph Bologne

 Storytime Joseph Bologne Composer 25th December 1745 – 10th June 1799 Joseph Bologne was born in the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, his mother Nanon was an enslaved woman of Senegalese origin and his father was a French plantation owner with…