5th June: Madeline Heneghan on BBC Merseyside Radio, 8amWoW Co-Director Madeline Heneghan will be on BBC Radio Merseyside at 8am to talk about the 100th anniversary of the death of Charles Wotten, a Bermudian seaman. You can listen here
Madeline has been the lead of the Great War to Race Riots archive project which you can read more about here.
The archive contains the personal testimony of black servicemen and workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool following the First World War. Their letters reveal a plight of daily racism and unemployment after a colour bar was instituted in many industries when white workers, often supported by their trade unions, refused to work alongside them. These black workers, largely British citizens who had come to the aid of the ‘mother county’ were treated as surplus to requirements and repatriation was establishments solution. Politicians and the media blamed the presence of black workers for the lack of jobs and housing, whipping up the resentment of white workers, till it boiled over into 1919 race riots in seaports across Britain. In Liverpool, Charles Wotten, a black seaman was murdered by a white mob during the riots.
Great War to Race Riots, written by Co-Director Madeline Heneghan and local writer, Emy Onuora is available to buy here The book was launched during Black History Month 2017 and is available to buy online here.