Could this be Nottingham’s most extraordinary story?

Am I not a manIt’s the story of an African baby sold into slavery in England….

An African child – destined to become Nottingham’s First Black businessman…..

George John Scipio Africanus

It’s a story that is TRUE and it’s full of unanswered questions!

Belong Nottingham is piecing together the missing links and we invite you to join us in our search. Volunteers will receive free training. For more information contact Rosanna Ottewell on 0115 978 3020, 0115 979 0015 or email

Are you interested in research, local and black history, technology, writing or volunteering – then this is the project for you. You will be searching for historical evidence of George Africanus in local and national archives, libraries and other records. We will be delving into historical information, promoting George Africanus to a world audience and handing down his legacy to our children. You can help build our website and will work with our consultants – who will give support and training. We will be running journalism and other courses to help you produce information for learning materials, our website and publicity. We are offering training and support and your involvement and will help us commemorate a person of importance and local significance.