|Portrait held by RAMM which was previously thought to be Olaudah Equiano|
It's not that the people of Exeter have been lacking in information about Black history. Writers like Lucy MacKeith, Todd Gray and Richard Bradbury have all made efforts to put the history of Exeter & Devon's Black communities as well as the stories of those involved in the slave trade and its abolition, on the record. Though the city takes part in major events, like the 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, on the whole Exeter takes a low key, decentralised, approach to this history with bits of information popping up as and when they are uncovered, without a large individual historic event to provide a focus for research or celebration.
Is this about to change? The team behind the latest project from the Global Centre hope so.
Joined by Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the Black Farmer, they recently launched HLF funded "Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots: Exeter's multi-coloured history" to bring together local people of all backgrounds, ages, ethnic groups and nationalities, to find out about the rich and varied past of Exeter.
|October 2012 Launch of Telling Our Stories, Finding our Roots with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones|
The project combine archival research with oral history interviews to produce a website with materials for schools, and a guided tour of the city, in partnership with the Tourist Information Centre and the Redcoats, to connect create a fuller picture of the city's history.
Some of the Black History highlights discovered so far are...
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