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Jazz Heritage Wales have celebrated Black History Month for many years, converting original research work into working practices with community groups and schools. Using the unique resource of the Jazz Heritage Collection, many stories have been uncovered of Wales’s contribution to the Anti-Slavery and Abolitionist Movements.   Swansea’s Jessie Donaldson (below) ran a safe house for runaway slaves in Cincinnati from 1854 to 1866. Jessie was friendly with Frederick Douglass the prominent anti-slavery and women’s rights campaigner. Jessie Donaldson was also friendly with the runaways Ellen and William Craft. 

The Crafts escaped to Britain and gave a public lecture entitled The Life of the Fugitive Slave at Mount Pleasant Chapel, Kingsway, Swansea, in October 1863, probably by a letter of introduction sent by Jessie from Cincinnati.

These and other stories are given as public lectures or as PP Presentations together with live music from the time, i.e. slave songs, anti-slavery campaign songs, plantation melodies and spirituals.