EN-2626 06 Jan 1851b

Photograph of a page from a diary.

Please note: this extract contains racist language.

It is easier to find examples of white racism in the archives, than authentic Black histories. In his diary Henry Rogers also describes witnessing a blackface minstrel performance at Clowance house in Cornwall in 1851. Described as “enormously popular” in the Victorian age, Rogers’ account of the show fits with descriptions of others from the time: “after dinner the celebrated Ethiopian serenaders commenced according to the programm… The singers, who are men from the neighbourhood, with their faces and hands blackened…did their part very well” (EN/2626).

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