Tag BlackHistory

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…

Blackface

A lot of people embrace this time to dress up for Halloween, Sinterklass, and Christmas. A dark aspect of this is Blackface. blackface is when a non-black person darkens their skin with charcoal, shoe polish, and exaggerate their features. The…

Black Soldiers in WW1

We mark the importance of Armistice Day by holding one minute’s silence at 11am on the 11th November remembering those who fought and died during WW1. In secondary school, I visited Ypres in Belgium. The first stop was Flanders Field…

Elephant and Castle

For over 55 years, Elephant and Castle shopping centre has been a recognisable landmark of Lambeth. Before you get to the roundabout, you can always spot the pink elephant first. The pink elephant reminded me of the surrealist hallucinations that…

Samuel Sharpe

‘I’d rather die on yonder gallows than be a slave.’ Samuel Sharpe is a National Jamaican Hero, as he was behind the Jamaican Christmas Rebellion of 1832. He was a self educated man. A Baptist deacon who taught himself to…

Fanny Eaton

Fanny Eaton – 23 June 1835 – 4 March 1924 When we think of Black British models, we think of British-Jamaican stars such as Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and Leomie Anderson. However if we go back to the nineteenth century,…

Queen Akua

Storytime Queen Akua or also known as Cubah Cornwallis was an enslaved woman of Ghanian descent. Queen Akua was originally from The Ashanti Empire and was bought by Captain William Cornwallis and taken to Jamaica. He changed her role to…