“These stories are part of our shared heritage. They are part of the story of the North East, and something of which we should all be proud. And to be proud, we have to know about them.” Chi Onwurah.
We are delighted that Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Shadow Minister Digital, Science & Technology, Chi Onwurah agreed to introduce this video for us.
Part 1 of 2 stories made to celebrate Black History in the Heritage Action Zone of North Shields thanks to funding from Historic England.
This is the story of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who visited and spoke at the Baptist Church on Howard Street in North Shields.
“Local History is all our histories – it is much more diverse and varied than the stories that most often get told.” Chi Onwurah
Take a listen.