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Marriage and Freedom – Dual hertiage narratives in Victorian Yorkshire

June 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

FREE but booking required

A unique double bill of dual heritage narratives in Victorian Yorkshire

‘Oh, Susannah’ and ‘Meet the Crafts’

Heritage Corner in Leeds explores the significance of African British history towards understanding of heritage and diversity in Britain today. Two celebrated couples in African British history are presented. Their stories could not be more different from each other.  Both couples are factually documented as visiting York. But the main connection is the year 1848, as both tragedy and hope unfold before our eyes.



Susannah and Pablo Fanque – circus proprietors Ellen and William Craft – fugitve slaves and abolitionists


In ‘Oh, Susannah’, Norwich-born William Darby, AKA Pablo, is of African descent in a mixed heritage marriage with Susannah, a Brummy. Their joint adventure of Pablo Fanque’s Circus was created in 1840s Yorkshire and contributes to the golden age of circus in Britain as one of the most popular and well-celebrated circuses of its day.


Meanwhile in ‘Meets the Crafts’, we see Ellen and William Craft preparing their daring escape from slavery in America, as told in their best seller ‘A Thousand Miles to Freedom’. Ellen is of mixed heritage, but nearly white, her celebrity status is sealed when it becomes widely known that she dressed in male clothing to escape. William’s talks in Yorkshire are well attended and their cause well supported.


Arts and Cultural Heritage Association York, with Heritage Corner, are proud to present MARRIAGE & FREEDOM, a unique programme consisting of two dramatic presentations with extremely rich narratives – for example, how does Pablo Fanque connect to this 50th anniversary year of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album?

There will be opportunities for questions, discussion, networking and having a good evening out.

Seriously not to be missed!

Bar, music and food provided

Places are free but booking is essential


For booking and further information contact the following: joseph.a.richards@gmail.com and 07729 474221


June 17, 2017
7:30 pm
FREE but booking required
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Arts and Cultural Heritage Association York (ACHAY)
07729 474221


Clements Hall
Nunthorpe Road
York, North Yorkshire YO23 1BW United Kingdom
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