The talk follows the story of Dorset’s hidden black histories, beginning with the African slave trade era and links with local slave traders, abolitionists and enslaved Africans who came to Dorset right up to contemporary case studies of black people in Dorset. Louisa also looks at the fascinating stories of the Edwardian entertainers who came to Dorset and local the presence of the thousands of African American GIs during the run up to D-Day.

This talk is based on the research carried out by Louisa Adjoa Parker for the Dorset’s Hidden Histories book, published by Development Education in Dorset in 2007. Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer of Ghanaian and white English heritage, and has lived in the South West for most of her life. She writes black (or global) history; poetry; fiction; and opinion pieces. She is passionate about equality and social justice. Visit her website here:

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