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African American Activism in Nottingham
Tue 2 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Please join Nottingham Contemporary and PhD student Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Nottingham) who will discuss the legacy of African American activism in Nottingham. At least seven formerly enslaved black Americans lectured in the city between the 1830s and the 1870s, educating local audiences on the brutal nature of slavery and the nature of transatlantic racism. Hannah-Rose will discuss famous figures such as Frederick Douglass, who visited Nottingham in 1846, to William and Ellen Craft who organised a meeting in the city in 1851, and Josiah Henson, who spoke about his memories of slavery in 1876.
This talk will highlight Nottingham's rich black history and its long history of activism, as well as its deep transatlantic connections to America.
Hannah-Rose Murray is a PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on African American activism in Britain during the nineteenth century, and she has created several maps of black abolitionist speaking locations - www.frederickdouglassinbritain.com
This event forms part of the 'Penny Lecture Series' in collaboration with the Univeristy of Nottingham, Backlit Art Gallery, and the National Justice Museum. Matthew Chesney (Director of BACKLIT) and Hannah-Rose Murray (PhD student, in the University of Nottingham) have curated a small exhibition to formerly enslaved African American Josiah Henson and his friend and benefactor, manufacturer and philanthropist Samuel Morley. Josiah Henson and Samuel Morley’s connected story represents the campaign for freedom, equality and human rights in Nottingham, and beyond. In the late nineteenth century, Samuel Morley organised a series of 'Penny Lectures' for the working classses. Designed to increase their education, men and women would pay just a penny to attend a variety of lectures on numerous subjects from science to politics.
We have resurrected the Penny Lecture Series in Nottingham, focusing on subjects that both men were passionate about, including community, antislavery and activism:
1. Wednesday 26 April 2017: Matthew Chesney (BACKLIT Art Gallery, 'Morley's Legacy in Nottingham', National Justice Museum. Register for free: morleyslegacy.eventbrite.co.uk
2. Tuesday 2 May 2017: Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Nottingham), 'African American Activism in Nottingham', Nottingham Contemporary. Register for free: africanamericanactivism.eventbrite.co.uk
3. Thursday 18 May 2017: Lisa Robinson (Bright Ideas), 'Slave Trade Legacies: Past, Present and Future', New Art Exchange. Register for free: slavetradelegacies.eventbrite.co.uk
4. Monday 29 May 2017: Professor Zoe Trodd (University of Nottingham), 'The Freedom Blueprint: How We End Contemporary Slavery ', National Justice Museum. Register for free: thefreedomblueprint.eventbrite.co.uk
5.Thursday 8 June 2017: Panya Banjoko (Nottingham Black Archive), 'Black History Heritage in Nottingham', New Art Exchange. Register for free: blackhistoryheritage.eventbrite.co.uk
The Penny Lecture Series is supported by the following organisations and projects:
(Image from Flickr, Shiraz Chakera)