Joseph Johnson was a Black sailor who lived 200 years ago. When he was unfairly deprived of his pension in the early 19th century, Joseph became a familiar sight in London when, through his creativity and ingenuity he modelled a fantastic “ship hat” in which he would perform nautical songs around London docklands in order to earn money.
Referenced in Ray Costello’s book "Black Salt, Seafarers of African descent on British ships", this book also provided the basis for the recent exhibition Black Salt at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Join our Learning and Participation team and have a go at making his amazing hat to take home.
This event is walk-up, on a first come first served basis.