Political writer and poet Claude McKay was born in Sunnyhill, Jamaica in 1889. In 1919 he migrated to London and worked for the socialist publication Dreadnought, it’s believed he was England’s first black reporter.
McKay documented the lives of soldiers and seafarers from across the globe that were now living and working in East London docks.
He interviewed London dockworkers from Canning Town and their stories would inspire his later novels ‘Home to Harlem’ and ‘Banjo’.
To explore Trisha McCauley’s whole research journey with photography you can attend her free workshop this Saturday 15 May 2021
And download the Connecting Past to the Present resource by clicking here.