As we mark Black History Month, Liam Corry, Curator of Emigration will lead this tour which will explore how Ireland, including Ulster, was fully enmeshed in a web of trade, with slavery at its centre.

The tour and talk will also look at how many of the stories at the Ulster American Folk Park involve emigrants interacting with African Americans.

The main story is that of the Rogan House. The Rogan family were enslavers, and their life was supported by over 60 enslaved people before the American Civil War. Four other stories associated with buildings at the museum also have links with slavery. You will also hear about the agency and determination of enslaved people who strove for their freedom.

Please note: 

  • The tour is free of charge but numbers are limited and booking is essential.
  • Tours will start at 11.30am and 2.00pm.
  • Due to the nature of the tour and talk, it is only suitable for visitors aged 14+.
  • The tour will be outdoors and will include a guided walk around the Ulster American Folk Park.  Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
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The Rogan house from Tennessee, one of the exhibit buildings at the Ulster American Folk Park, was built with money earned from tobacco production. Tobacco was one of the original reasons Africans were transported to North America. Cotton was the other big enslaved plantation crop. However enslaved people worked in all labouring jobs in the Southern states to create wealth for their enslavers.
Above is the Hughes House at the Ulster American Folk Park. John Hughes’ attitude towards slavery changed as he became bishop and then archbishop. The young John Hughes wrote a poem against slavery. Later in life, he criticised Daniel O’Connell’s support for abolition of slavery in the USA.