New evidence on the historic black presence in Croydon: H. E. Lewis and Marion Mattie Lawrence
Continued research is revealing new evidence of people of African heritage in Croydon and its immediate environs:
- H. E. Lewis, “the Negro Mesmerist” 1851-1856
Jeff Green has written about Lewis in posting No. 141 on his website http://www.jeffreygreen.co.uk. He then added a note I sent to him on Lewis demonstrating his skills at Crown Lane as reported in the Croydon Chronicle & East Surrey Advertiser.
- Marion ‘Mattie” Lawrence. Jubilee Singer in England 1890-1907
A member of the fourth group of Fisk Jubilee Singers under Frederick Loudin, friend of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,Lawrence married Croydon’s successful retailer Henry J Thrift. They had two daughters. Jeff is in touch with researchers in Australia and the United States, and I will be undertaking research in Croydon’s Local Archives and Studies.
The third latest posting on Jeff’s site is No. 142 is on the entertainer Pete Hampton who lived in Colliers Wood before returning to the United States at the beginning of the First World War.
Jeff always welcomes receipt of new information from other researchers.