In our own words
Stories from Liverpool's Black community
"There's loads of people in our community with skills and abilities and trade which you just don't know about..."
Michelle Peterkin-Walker, artist and founder of Akoma Arts
Learn about the rich cultural and social heritage of Liverpool’s Black communities from the people themselves. Listen to some of their personal stories and experiences of life, music, family, community and the struggles and joys faced by people of African descent in this city.
It is impossible to give a true picture of the important contributions Black people have made both past and present, to the wider history of this city through our collections alone. The Sankofa project aims to reveal this often hidden history by bringing together the voices, stories and histories of Liverpool’s Black communities with the Black social history objects in our collections. We will continue to add more voices through the Sankofa project. In doing so, we hope to provide a richer, deeper and more accurate record of Liverpool’s Black heritage.
"I always say Derry Wilkie is our Little Richard because he was such a showman, he was brilliant"
Rita Martelli, volunteer