The latest CNHSS Proceedings contains an essay by me Croydon’s Connections with the British Slavery Business.
The essay grew out of my researches into Croydon’s black history and joint co-operation with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, which included two talks by project member Nick Draper, and the production of special panels for use in the Croydon Heritage Festival. This then led to my giving a talk to CNHSS resulting in them asking me to write it up for publication.
The essay looks at those with Croydon connections involved in the slavery business, including slave trading and plantation ownership. There is also a section summarising the Black Presence in Croydon in the period up to emancipation (1833-38) and a section on abolitionist activities. It is a summary because fuller detail is in my Croydon’s African and Asian History‘ pamphlet.
The other two essays in the Proceedings are:
Roy Cox. You Don’t Know what you are talking about
This is the text of a talk he gave to CNHSS in 2016 reflecting on his activities as a local historian, including as a school teacher and tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association.
Brian Lancaster. John Corbet Anderson. Historian of Croydon
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My thanks to Brian Lancaster for his meticulous editorial advice, and to Nick Draper for his advice and encouragement.