Bristol Black History Month 2015

Vernon Samuels

Vernon was born at home in St Paul’s, Bristol and lived there until his family moved to Fishponds four years later. He remembers that once he went to school, his teachers did not discriminate against him or his brother although they were the only Black pupils. However, some children bullied them in the playground because of their colour.

More information about Vernon you can find it here: Vernon Samuels



Olive Osborne

Olive Osborne, who was originally called Olive Dennie, was raised by her grandmother, Dorcus, in Jamaica. There were not many opportunities for her to get an education so she left school early to become a dressmaker. In 1960, Olive’s aunt, Lucy Dixon, asked her to come and help look after her children in England.

More information about Vernon you can find it here: Olive Osborne



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Guy Reid Bailey

Guy moved from Jamaica to Bristol in 1961 to live with his aunt, as his father thought that he would receive a better education in England, which they called the ‘Mother Country’. Guy was disappointed by the lack of support for Black perspective. Guy had to teach himself about important Black heroes like Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King and Mary Seacole.

More information about Guy you can find it here: Guy Reid-Bailey


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Black History Month Booklet 2015