George John Scipio Africanus, the former slave who became Nottingham’s first black entrepreneur, has been remembered in the pubs and bars of his adopted city with an ale brewed in his memory.
The beer is our second of four Nottinghamian Celebration Ales to be brewed this year.
Born in Sierra Leone in 1763, taken from Africa as a three year old and presented to a rich Midlands banker who named him, George Africanus flourished and by his 21st birthday he was married, a free man and a citizen of Nottingham. Originally working as a bell founder, his later businesses included an early employment agency supplying servants to the better-off around town.
“We hope this pub-based reminder of the great man will help us all learn more about this engaging character,” says Lewis Townsend. “Thanks to the Belong group, we already know a lot more about his life than we did last year when our brewing schedule was drawn up.
“We wish the group all success in their quest to add more to his life story, and the more reaction the ale prompts the better it’ll be,” he says.