Black People Receiving Bounty from the Government


This list gives the names of members of the Black poor being given money in 1786. It almost certainly refers to people receiving relief from the Black Poor Committee, since the government provided much of the Committee's funds.

The list is interesting in several ways. It shows a substantial number of Black women, as well as men. It also indicates one of the difficulties of researching the history of Black people in Britain. If we saw these names in another context, in most cases we would not know that they referred to Black people unless they were so described. On the other hand, note the name 'Sophia Cato' (no. 45 in the women's section): names of Roman origin were often given to Black people.

T 1/638, ff. 240, 245, 247 (1786)

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