1919 RACE RIOTS
14th October-14 November
FInd the first sign and Film 1 on the corner of Nelson Street and Grenville Street. See in maps
Media Fuels Hatred – Hear actual media reports with the dramatic the story of John Johnson that sparked the riots.
Film 1 can be found outside New Capital Chinese Restaurant on the corner of Nelson Street and Grenville Street. See in maps
Police Raids – Charles Wotten was a lodger in a boarding house that the police raided to arrest black men. The innocent Charles fled the scene to avoid arrest.
Film 2 sign can be found outside St. Jame’s Health and Community Centre on Nelson Street at the cross road with Upper Pitt Street. See in maps
Charles Wotten Dies – Wotten’s fate is symbolic of the wider plight of the Black community, as the victim of societal racism.
Film 3 sign can be found at the Queens Wharf overlooking the Queens Dock. See in maps
‘For Their Own Safety’ – A police report depicts how “many of the negroes had to be removed under police custody for their own safety”.
Film 4 sign can be found outside Toxteth Library on Windsor Street. See in maps
Resist Racism Today – A hundred years on, we look at the rhetoric today and how people try to divide and rule with racism. But Liverpool shows hope and solidarity.
Film 5 sign can also be found outside Toxteth library on Windsor Street. See in maps
This project is part of a Creative Organisations of Liverpool (COoL) collaboration between First Take, Tmesis, Pagoda Arts, Writing on the Wall (WOW), and Liverpool Irish Festival. It is part of Black History Month.