Norwich: A Black History

Pablo Fanque's plaque
Pablo Fanque’s plaque

This 2 hour guided walking tour celebrates the diverse contribution of black people to the history of Norwich and Norfolk from street traders in the 18th and 19th centuries to Pablo Fanque, the UK’s first black circus impresario, the American servicemen who brought rhythm and blues and soul music to the city and Lucas the 1960s US airman, who settled in Norfolk, and gave soul to the Orford Cellar.

The tour also looks at slavery – those involved in the slave trade and the abolitionists from Norfolk like Thomas Fowell Buxton, Amelia Opie and Harriet Martineau. We also explore the work of 19th century Norfolk boxing hero Jem Mace with black boxers and the great contributions of soldier, historian, archaeologist and philanthropist, Frederick Duleep Singh and his sister Sophia Duleep Singh, who was a leading suffragette.

  • Maximum size of group – 20
  • Cost – £7.50 per person
  • Minimum charge – £45

View my introductory video about the Norwich: A Black History tour here

Read the Eastern Daily Press feature about the Norwich: A Black History tour here

Read the feature on Norfolk Places about my Norwich: A Black History tour & my Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden & South Walsham Marshes tour: click here

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