This Black History Season, the letters have returned to Sutton House:
He is the earliest Londoner featured in the exhibition- alongside Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, Dido Elizabeth Belle, George Bridgetower, Francis Barber, Mary Seacole and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
So I had to write a new letter to her, which was quite daunting, as it's quite different writing to a living correspondent!
A tree has also been planted in her honour in the new Breaker's Yard garden.
We also decided to substitute the Indian shampooing surgeon and restauranteur Sake Deen Mahomed for the Lascars, which as a group were rather the odd ones out before.
Jane Porter, who did all the fantastic artwork for the exhibition last year, has created an activity trail for kids to enjoy this year. They can design a magical healing plant for Mary Seacole, decorate a paper boat for Olaudah Equiano, or draw up a campaign poster inspired by Doreen Lawrence, and much more.
Sutton House is also staging a play inspired by one of the 'Influential Black Londoners'- Total Insight Theatre Company's Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African will be performed in the house from 26th-29th November 7.30pm-9pm. You can buy tickets via Eventbrite or on the door.
Influential Black Londoners is at Sutton House, 2&4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ, now until the end of November. The house is open Weds – Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm.
Hope you get a chance to see it- do report back and tell me what