Africans as well as Amundsen

Saturday 16 October 2021

Think of Polar exploration and the name Amundsen might spring to mind, but what about Equiano or Henson?


Natty Mark Samuels of African School will introduce you to these remarkable Black Arctic explorers. Follow Olaudah Equiano’s 1773 sea voyage from London to Svalbard making him the first Black person to visit the Arctic and discover how despite being once credited as the first man to reach the North Pole in 1909, Matthew Henson’s achievement was largely overlooked for nearly 30 years.

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