Brighton & Hove Black History

Revealing Brighton and Hove’s hidden past

19th century

A special ceremony was held in Brighton to commemorate the life of a freed child slave Thomas M.S. Highflyer

Brighton celebrates life of African slave boy – 20th June 2018 148 years after his death, a special service took place to honour Thomas M.S. Highflyer, an African boy rescued from a life of slavery. His true name will never… Continue Reading →

Black Soldiers Based in Brighton

There were a number of Black soldiers with the 10th Hussars (the Regent’s favourite regiment) who were stationed in Brighton during the Regency period. One of whom – William Afflick of St. Kitts – had his son Charles baptised in… Continue Reading →

Asian Population in Brighton

Asian immigrants were beginning to be noted in London in the 1780s. Lascar seamen were being press-ganged onto ship crews in India and then abandoned in London. The law obliged the East India Company to take responsibility for them, and… Continue Reading →

1808 – West Indian Builds Houses on Royal Crescent Site in Brighton

The land on which the houses of the Royal Crescent now stand was sold for building purposes in 1789 to a West Indian named J. B. Otto Otto began by erecting three houses at each end of the Crescent. Having… Continue Reading →

1814 – Doctor Brighton -Sake Dean MahomedSake Dean Mahomed

Sake Dean Mahomed (1759-1851) grew up in India. He served in the English East India Company Bengal Army as a trainee surgeon. At age 25 he immigrated to Ireland in 1786, where he wrote and published his book, entitled ‘The… Continue Reading →

1826 – Woman for Sale

In May 1826 a woman was put up for auction at Brighton market, with a halter around her neck. She was brought by a man for a sovereign and four half crowns. Her husband kept her elder child, but threw… Continue Reading →

1849 – Frederick Akbar Mahomed

Frederick Ackbar Mahomed (grandson of Sake Dean Mahomed) was born in Brighton on 11th April 1849 at No.2 Black Lion Street, East Cliff, Brighton. He went to private school in Brighton. At age 18 Akbar went to study medicine at… Continue Reading →

1857 – Mary Seacole – the Black Nurse

Mary Seacole the Black nurse visited Brighton and mentions it in her book, saying that the Journey across Panama by train was as smooth as the journey from London to Brighton. Her best selling autobiography, entitled ‘Wonderful Adventures of Mrs…. Continue Reading →

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1843-1880)

Sarah Forbes Bonetta was captured and later given to Queen Victoria who, impressed by the girl’s natural regal manner and exceptional intelligence, was pleased to give her sanction to be married in St, Nicholas Church in Brighton in August 1862. The… Continue Reading →

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