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Black Preachers in Georgian Portsmouth

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A public lecture by Dr Ryan Hanley, lecturer in Modern British History, University of Exeter, celebrating Black History Month.

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Portsmouth is not the first place that springs to mind when we imagine the eighteenth-century black British presence. But, as ‘the world’s greatest naval port’, it served as one of the main entry points for African and African-American sailors travelling to Britain. When they arrived among the dirt, noise and drunkenness of the industrialising port city, some of these individuals took it upon themselves to save the souls of Portsmouth’s ‘poor sinners’.

What did these pioneering figures make of Pompey, and how were they treated by the locals when they arrived? What exactly did they preach here? And how did they carve out a life for themselves during an age of slavery? In celebration of black history month, this paper explores the experiences of three key black preachers in Georgian Portsmouth.

Ryan Hanley is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of several articles on black intellectuals in eighteenth-century Britain, and is co-editor, with Katie Donington and Jessica Moody, of Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery (Liverpool UP, 2016). His first monograph, Beyond Slavery and Abolition: Black British Writing, c.1770-1838 (Cambridge UP, 2018) was awarded the Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize in 2019.

This Black History Month lecture is organised in collaboration with the Citizenship, Race and Belonging (CRaB) research network at the University of Portsmouth.

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5pm

Contact: events@port.ac.uk (023 9284 3757)

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