'Blacks Only' Party


This report in the London Chronicle indicates some sense of a common identity among Black people in London in the 1760s. According to the report, 'No less than fifty-seven Blacks or Negro servants…, men and women…entertained themselves with dancing and music consisting of violins, French horns and other instruments…till four in the morning.' The claim that Whites were excluded is particularly interesting.

British Library, Burney 5276b, London Chronicle, 16-18 February 1764
By permission of The British Library

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