Black History for Beginners | Sam Sharpe’s Legendary Last Stand

Wednesday 10th May

Paul Crooks speaks on the courageous last stand of slaves who brought Britain’s system of slavery to its knees and the demise of slavery.


Paul spent 13 years searching for his African roots. He found out that his great great great grandfather walked free from the Cousins’ Cove sugar plantation, Jamaica in 1838. This prompted Paul’s curiosity about what lay behind the decision to free the enslaved people of the Caribbean.

Recognising that every age rewrites history, particularly black history, Paul will place into historical perspective the factors that contributed to ending transatlantic slavery. Drawing accounts of eyewitness accounts, audiences will gain an appreciation of how Sam Sharpe’s Baptist war heralded a new era in the continuing push for racial justice and equality.

Paul will implicate his ancestors in the ultimate push for racial justice and equality. He will also discuss the positive impact the Baptist War had on the British government’s decision to pass legislation to end enslavement.

Who is this talk for

Stories of ancestors who resisted racial injustice can fire the imagination and spur individuals to higher levels of achievement or performance in their work and personal life.

This talk is suitable for you if you

  • are inspired and motivated by learning about the inspirational people and historical events that make us who we are today
  • want to develop your knowledge and understanding of Black History
  • are new to exploring family history
  • have some experience searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information
  • have started and you’re having problems furthering your search
  • want to develop your knowledge and understanding of Black History.

The event is part of the Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Season of Empowering Black History.

Premium Ticket holders Premium Ticket holders will receive the Black Resistance and Abolition Timeline interactive PowerPoint following the event. See the demonstration video below

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