St. Paul’s Black History – an appeal for information

Posted on by Fay Curtis.

by Tanja Aminata Bah, MA Curating student at UWE Bristol

 Graffiti image of Owen Henry who was connected with the Bristol Bus Boycott and setting up St. Paul's Carnival.

This is a guest post by Tanja, who is currently undertaking a one-year placement with the Social History team at Bristol Culture.

Are you interested in St. Paul’s Black History?

Which stories would YOU be interested to hear about?

Do you know of exciting stories about local Black Bristolians, who have had an impact on the neighbourhood?

I would like to hear from you.

For my final university project, I am currently planning a walking tour about Black History and community life in St. Paul’s and Montpelier.

This is in cooperation with Bristol Culture for anyone wanting to learn more about the exciting local history of these neighbourhoods. 

Photo of St. Paul's display in M Shed's Place Gallery, showing images and text about community life.

In M Shed’s Place Gallery, St.Paul’s is represented with objects and oral histories. The display was developed in close contact with inhabitants of the area.

The walk is planned to take place in time for Black History Month, October 2017.

It will showcase and celebrate the lives of selected Black Bristolians who have a connection to the area and have made an impact locally, regionally or nationally.

One story I look into is Owen Henry’s connection with the Bristol Bus Boycott and setting up St. Paul’s Carnival (pictured above).

I would also like to hear from community organisations in support of my research.

Please get in touch with any stories you would be interested in sharing with me for the project by Tuesday 5 September at [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you!

9 comments on “St. Paul’s Black History – an appeal for information

  1. Jerry

    I think you should go to Kuumba Community Center, 20 Hepburn road, BS28UD.
    They have been involved sith the community for around 30 years amd also have a library filled with black knowledge and history.


    1. Lacey Trotman

      Hi Jerry, thanks for your suggestion – this will be passed on to Tanja.


  2. Madge Dresser

    I hope you team up and co-badge your walk with Journey to Justice Bristol which is staging 40 events this October
    See Bristol Ethnic Minorities in the City 1000-2001 by Dresser and Fleming in the library
    See the Collection on Bristol’s Black History in the Bristol Record Office which is next to the Create Ventre by Cumberland Basin


    1. Lacey Trotman

      Hi Madge, thanks for your suggestion – this will be passed on to Tanja.


  3. Les

    You may have this reference already
    Black Bristolians of 18th and 19th Centruries DP Lindegaard


    1. Lacey Trotman

      Hi Les, thanks for your suggestion – I’m not sure if it has been, so will happily pass this on to Tanja.


  4. Ali Camp

    Hi there, wanted to email you but the email address you posted doesn’t work. Please can you check. Thanks


    1. Lacey Trotman

      Hi Ali, thanks for noticing this – I’m on the case now and will be back in touch shortly. Many thanks, Lacey.


    2. Lacey Trotman

      Hi Ali, this problem has now been resolved.


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