As part of Croydon Heritage Festival the following events have been organised by Croydon Radical History Network.
Croydon’s slavery links and the black presence
Monday 22 June. 7pm. Talks by Nick Draper (Legacies of British Slave-ownership project) and Sean Creighton (Croydon Radical History Network). Terrace Lounge, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Croydon’s Labour movement 1880s-1900s
Tuesday 23 June. 7pm. Talk by Sean Creighton (Croydon Radical History Network). Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, CR0 1BD.
John Lilburne and the Struggle for Democracy
Wednesday 24 June. 7pm. Talk by John Rees (Levellers Association) on the development of ideas for democracy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of ‘Free borne’ John Lilburne, a leader of the Levellers in the English Civil War and Revolution. Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, CR0 1BD.
These talks are free but £2 donation requested towards costs.
Equiano and Black Abolitionists
Saturday 27 June. 2-5pm
Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cuguano and Ignatius Sancho were British based African campaigners against the slave trade and slavery in the late 18thC. This afternoon of talks explores their lives and work.
Brycchan Carey: Olaudah Equiano and the Black Abolitionists: An Overview
Arthur Torrington: The Life and Times of Ignatius Sancho
Martin Hoyles. Cugoano Against Slavery
Arthur Torrington. Olaudah Equiano, Haiti and Emancipation
Sean Creighton. Black Soldiers and Sailors in the Wars with France
Tickets: £4/£1 (conc). Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon.
To book in advance go to Festival website calender page and click on the specific event