Empowering Black History: The Jamaican Slaves Who Abolished Slavery

Sun, August 22, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM BST

A Black history recounting great sacrifices made by forebears who participated in one of the Caribbean Islands’ great liberation struggles.

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.

Paul will implicate his ancestors in events leading up to Jamaica’s Baptist War, which ultimately brought the British system of slavery to its knees. The Jamaican slaves who abolished slavery.

This talk complements Ancestry Talks’ Sam Sharpe and the Baptist War


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
  • you have some experience of searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information
  • you’ve have started, but your hit difficulties moving forward with you search

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.

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