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The Alma Stephenson Dever Page on Afro-Britons

I am dedicating this page to the memory of my mother, Alma Stephenson Dever (1907-2010), whose photo appears on the right, for introducing to me, as a small child, her passion for the history of Great Britain. She was before her time in recognizing that the United Kingdom was populated by a mixture of many peoples from various backgrounds, each contributing their strengths to its history and culture. It is in that spirit that I welcome the opportunity to sponsor a page on which features individuals of African ancestry in the long history of Great Britain. - Catherine Dever Foster, June 8, 2014



Encyclopedia Entries 


Historic Map of Great Britain and Ireland
"Image Ownership: Public Domain" 

Africans at Hadrian's Wall

Diane Abbott

Ira Aldridge

John Archer

Dido Elizabeth Belle

John Blanke

Paul Yaw Boateng

Sarah Forbes Bonetta

George Bridgetower

Britain's 1919 Race Riots

British Black Panther Party

The British West Indian Regiment (BWIR)

Brixton Riots, 1981

Beverley Bryan

Kelso Benjamin Cochrane

Idris Elba

Bernie Grant

Constantine Learie

Mangrove Nine Trial

Meghan Markle

Allan Minns

Thomas Molyneux

Nottingham Riots, 1958

Dido Elizabeth Belle
Dido Elizabeth Belle

John Perkins

Marvin Johnathan Rees

Bill Richmond

Ignatius Sancho

Mary Jane Seacole

Bishop John Sentamu

Zadie Smith

John Henry Smythe

James Sommersett

John Taylor

Hadrian's Wall
"Image Ownership: Public Domain"
(Click on the Above Image for Additional Information)

The Notting Hill Riots (1958)

The Royal African Company

The Zong Massacre

Nathaniel Wells

Benjamin Zephaniah










Perspectives Articles

Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady
Elizabeth Murray
"Image Ownership: Public Domain"
(Click on the Image Above for Additional
Africans, African Americans, Great Britain and the United States:
The Curious History of Rio Pongo in the Early 19th Century
Distant Whistles, Muted Flutes: Ada Wright in Glasglow, 1932
Fighting for Freedom on Both Sides of the American Revolution
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours



Document Showing Nathaniel Wells’ Appointment as High Sheriff
of Monmouthshire, 1818
"Image Ownership: Public Domain"
(Click on the Image Above for Additional Information)

Nnamdi Azikiwe Speaks Before the British Peace Conference in London, 1949 (GAH)

Charles Lenox Remond, "Slavery and the Irish (AAH)"

Charles Lenox Remond, "Slavery as it Concerns the British (AAH)"

Lewis Richardson, "I am Free From American Slavery, 1846 (AAH)"






Research Guides and Websites

100 Great Black Britons
Sarah Forbes Bonetta
"Image Ownership: Public Domain"
(Click on the Image Above for Additional
Africans in Britain: Dr. Miranda Kaufmann's History Blog
B.C.A. (Black Cultural Archives)
Black Africans in Renaissance Europe: Blog of Michael Ohajuru
Black and Asian Londoners’ Database, London Metropolitan Archives
Black and Asian people in Great Britain, Manuscripts Section, Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section
Black History 4 Schools
Black History Month in Great Britain
Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Britain, 1500-1850 The National Archives, Exhibitions and Learning Online
Black Presence: Asian and Black History in Great Britain (British National Archives)
Celebrating the Black Presence in Westminster 1500-2000, Westminster City Council
English Heritage: Black Lives in England
Friends of Devon’s Archives Black History Project references, Friends of Devon’s Archives
Ignatius Sancho: African Man of Letters
Jeffrey Green’s Page: Documentation, images, and details that generally relate to the activities of black people in Britain
Legacies of British Slave-ownership project Database
Northamptonshire Black History Project, Northamptonshire Black History Association
The Black and Asian Studies Association of Great Britain
The Black Cultural Archives of Great Britain
The Black Presence in Britain
The Black Presence in Britain-Black British History
The British Library Online Gallery:Black Europeans
The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Victoria and Albert Museum: Slavery and Abolitionism Hub (also with material on Africans in Medieval & Renaissance Art
Voyages: The Image of Black 


Great Britain

Harry Baird-Actor
"Image Ownership: Public Domain"
(Click on the Image Above for Additional Information)


The British Empire\Commonwealth









Sierra Leone

South Africa






Stuart Hall
"Image Ownership:
Public Domain"
(Click on the Image for
Additional Information)
Black History Walks (Tony Walker 

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

National Portrait Gallery: Abolition Trail, researched and written by Dr Caroline Bressey

The Equiano Centre (UCL)

The Image of the Black in Western Art 

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