Last night teachers taking part in the Black Georgians project got the first glimpse of the exhibition at Black Cultural Archives which is the inspiration of the project with year 5 classes. This project has been generously funded by Clore Literature and Poetry Awards and Ernest Cook Trust. There were about 15,000 black people in UK in Georgian times, across all levels of society. The exhibition shows what we know of some of them – fragments of information from which we can start up investigations into their lives. Our project will include visits to the exhibition, poetry and creative writing workshops, cartoon drawing workshops and a final display of work in December. Teachers last night had a go at cartoon drawing with cartoonist Steve Marchant, and were shown some of the Georgian history on our doorstep in Clapham where 18 black boys and 4 black girls from Sierra Leone were educated at the African Academy. Their stories capture some of the diverse stories of black Georgians of the time – some sons of princes, some sons and daughters of emancipated slaves, some of families in Sierra Leone that sold others to the slave trade. This is a year 5 project that runs from now until December. The exhibition is on a Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square until next year and is well worth a visit.
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