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Lynn museum explores mixed race children of WW2 couples forbidden to Marry




Lynn Museum will host an online talk about the mixed race children born during the Second World War next week.

Lucy Bland, Professor of Social and Cultural History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge will reveal the little-known history of the estimated 2,000 babies born to black GIs and white British women during the conflict.

Black GIs, in the American segregated army, were forbidden to marry their white girlfriends.

Young boy sitting alone with sad feeling at school. Depressed african child abandoned in a corridor and leaning against brick wall. Bullying, discrimination and racism concept at school with copy space. (9040918)
Young boy sitting alone with sad feeling at school. Depressed african child abandoned in a corridor and leaning against brick wall. Bullying, discrimination and racism concept at school with copy space. (9040918)

Nearly half of the children were given up to children’s homes, though it is thought that few were adopted as they were felt to be too difficult to place with families.

There has been minimal study of these children and the difficulties they faced, such as racism and the lack of family or a clear identity.

The event, which is being jointly presented by Lynn Museum and the Ancient House Museum, coincides with the American Black History Month and aims to be informative about British Black history and the evolution of identity within British culture.

The free online event, entitled The Brown Babies of WW2, takes place next Wednesday, February 24, at 7pm.

Places must be booked in advance online via https://norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk/ancient-house



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