Empowering Black History: Sam Sharpe and The Baptist War

Sun, 5 September 2021 18:30 – 19:30 BST

An empowering Black History of the Baptist war. Paul Crooks illuminates the past using personal accounts of witnesses to the uprising.

When researching his family’s Black history, Paul Crooks discovered his great great great grandfather walked free from a sugar plantation in Jamaica in 1838. Paul wanted to know what lay behind the decision to free the enslaved people of the Caribbean.

You will hear a blow by blow account of the Baptist war. Paul will discuss the dilemma faced by the British government when deciding to bring forward the timetable for passing legislation to end enslavement in the colonies in the Caribbean.

This talk complements the ancestry talks’ The Jamaican Slaves Who Abolished Slavery


The talk is suitable for you if

  • you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of black history
  • you’re new to exploring family history
  • This talk is designed primarily to help improve the self-respect of black people young and old and give them a brighter, more optimistic outlook. It’s also designed to help other people view African Diasporans with more appreciative eyes.


Links to the one hour online live cast will be provided via an automated email an hour before the event starts.


Paul Crooks is unique as a published author and genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry and African Caribbean history. He came to prominence with his pioneering research into African Caribbean genealogy During the 1990s, when he became the first to trace his family history back 6 generations, from London to his ancestors captured off the West African coast 200 years ago. He discovered his ancestors were enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. His books, Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black ancestry.

Paul appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? with Moira Stuart as the expert in African Caribbean family history. He is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in African Caribbean genealogy.


Watch and learn more about Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks.

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