Sancho’s London: The Dignity and Survival of Black Georgian Londoners

Sancho’s London: The Dignity and Survival of Black Georgian Londoners

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Join Gretchen Gerzina for a journey through Sancho’s London in this special online talk.

The remarkable Ignatius Sancho is perhaps the best-known black resident of Westminster in the eighteenth century. However, he was far from being the only black resident of London at that time. In this online talk, Gretchen Gerzina takes a virtual walk-through Georgian London to introduce other members of the black community, and what their lives and varying experiences can tell us today about meeting adversity with dignity.

About the speaker

Gretchen Gerzina is the author or editor of nine books, including Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History, Black Victorians/Black Victoriana, and Britain’s Black Past, the latter based on her BBC Radio Four series of the same name. Her other books include biographies of Dora Carrington and Frances Hodgson Burnett. She is the Paul Murray Kendall Professor of Biography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has appeared frequently on British and American radio and podcasts, and is the recipient of prestigious grants, including Guggenheim, Fulbright, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Tickets, costing £5, are available via the Eventbrite website.

You will be a sent a link to join the online talk on the morning of the event. If you can’t watch live, the event will be recorded and a link sent out afterwards to those who book.

Dignity season

This event forms part of our Dignity season, which focuses on the inherent value of every individual as given by God. As people created in the image of God, these events give us a chance to connect with the past, engage with the present, and shape a future where dignity and respect prevail.