Black British History

Black? History

History is History. It shouldn’t need a dedicated month.


These are some facts from BRITISH HISTORY.

• African auxiliary unit in the Roman army, the Numerus Maurorum Aurelianorum, stationed on Hadrian’s Wall during C.100-c.4OO
• Quintus Lollius Urbicus, an African, governor of the Roman province of Britannia (Great Britain) in 138
• Egbert Martin (Leo), a Caribbean Poet – wrote two verses of “God Save The Queen” in 1887
• John Edmonstone, a freed black slave – taught taxidermy to Charles Darwin
• Walter Tull – Black footballer & First World War Officer
• The Royal Connection –
o An American genealogist has established that Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, was directly descended from the illegitimate son of an African mistress in the Portuguese royal house.
o A more recent African connection is that of Prince Philip’s aunt, Nadja, who married George Mountbatten in 1916. Nadja was the great-granddaughter of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who had black ancestry.
• The first African to receive a Knighthood was in 1547
• Caribbean born poet Francis Williams was admitted as a member of Lincoln Inn (Inns of Court) 1721
• Philip Quaque became the first African priest of the Church of England in 1765
• Alexandre Dumas writer of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” was of African Ancestry.
• St Maurice the great military saint was leader of the Theban Legion A.D. 280 -300, was martyred for refusal to persecute Christians. He is a significant figure in German iconography, many German artists were inspired to paint, sculpt and engrave his image – that depicts him as African – these artworks still exist today in museums and cathedrals.
• Alexander Pushkin “the father of Russian Literature” was ostracised as a child because his appearance reflected his mother’s African ancestry.
• Benjamin Banneker was an astrologer, mathematician, astronomer, compiler of almanacs, inventor, and writer, one of the first important African American intellectuals with a photographic memory, who modernized the clock so that “Big Ben” in England is named after him. Ancestry traces back to the dogon tribe in africa.

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Black British History