Jeffrey Green

Jeffrey is a historian
based south of London

February 5th, 2014


This site was established in December 2009 and is largely focussed on the activities of people of African descent in Britain before the Second World War.

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An independent historian, my researches have been published widely and talks have been presented in gatherings around Britain and the U.S.A., as well as Paris and Sweden. Contributions to reference sources include the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and multiple articles have been published by History Today, Black Perspective in Music (New York), New Community (London) and Immigrants and Minorities. Book reviews have been published by The Times Literary Supplement, Storyville, and elsewhere.

Studies of Edmund Thornton Jenkins, an African American composer in 1910s and 1920s England and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the Afro-British composer (1875-1912) were published in 1982 and 2011. Black Edwardians appeared in 1998.

Enjoy the contents of this site, which has attracted descendants of nineteenth century people who lived in Britain far from their natal lands.


Jeffrey Green was born in Nuneaton in 1944 and lived in London until he worked in Uganda for National and Grindlays Bank 1968-1970 after which he crossed the USA by Greyhound bus and worked, as an export manager, for two British companies. This afforded him more opportunities to travel widely.



As well as adding new pages to this site, recent public activities include:

Presentations about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in Croydon in 2012, the centenary of his death. Participation in Coleridge-Taylor discussions and presentations in the U.S.A. in October 2012, in Houston, Atlanta and Portland (Maine). In February 2013 the BBC’s Culture Show presented “Swinging into the Blitz” in which Green discussed aspects of the 1930s black jazz world of England. In September 2013 the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography published Green’s 35th essay: on escaped US slave Jack Burton aka John Anderson.

Black History Month in Britain (October 2013) had presentations at the Garden Museum, London and the Northcote Library, London. Working with Rainer Lotz and Howard Rye, a 44-CD boxed set with two substantial and well-illustrated books were issued by Bear Family Records of Germany in 2013. Entitled Black Europe it documents the recordings of black people in Europe (including Britain) prior to 1928. It rescues the sounds of Africans and those of African descent, aspects of history that because the U.S.A. drew a colour-line and seldom recorded black people before 1922, have not been known to exist. This led to Lotz, Rye and Green being nominated for the Best Historical Album at the 57th Grammy awards in Los Angeles in February 2015.

In September 2014 a talk on Dr James Risien Russell was given for the Windrush Foundation, in Croydon. An update presentation was made there on 7 March 2015.

Two Liverpool Families: the Christians and the Powells was presented at the University of Liverpool on 19 February 2015.

Contributions have been submitted to the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford UP, New York).

On 8 December 2014 the first of a series of guest contributions was made by Rainer Lotz – page 142 on Pete Hampton, an American entertainer who was based in London from 1903 to 1913. In January 2015 another guest contributor, Danell Jones, supplied page 144 on A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, the “West African Mark Twain” who lived in Britain from 1904 to his death in 1919.