Black History Month: The History of Glasgow

October is Black History Month. Originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations, it has now expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.

A few months ago, and after the tragic events taking place in the USA and all over the world, with light being shown onto the Black Lives Matter Movement, we committed to create more content on Black History in all our Invisible Cities.

We started by posting information on Edinburgh, highlighting stories of lesser known characters and links between some of the monuments and the slave trade. Our founder, Zakia wrote a blog post about Black History in our City and why we wanted to talk about it. You can read it here.

Today, we continue on our journey of knowledge with Glasgow. The city was built by people who had strong links with the slave trade, Glasgow has many connections with merchants, slave owners but also recognises important figures who fought for justice and equality.

The team at Invisible Cities believes it is important to know the stories behind our cities even when they concern their darker side. October will see many events taking place, and many stories being told but it is important to throw light on those all year around.

You can find our Glasgow Black History Booklet here.