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Thursday 29 October, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Join Dr Maurice Casey, Historian-in-Residence for EPIC and DFAT, and Lenwood Sloan, cultural and heritage facilitator and board member of the African American Irish Diaspora Network, for the next fascinating talk as part of our new series Hidden Histories of the Irish Abroad. This event will explore the history of Irish involvement in slavery and anti-slavery alongside histories of collaboration between Irish and Black diaspora communities.

The pioneering research of Nini Rogers on Irish ties to the transatlantic slave trade and Irish engagement with abolitionist movements first set the agenda for histories of Ireland and the Black Atlantic. Within these histories of political contestation and collaboration between the Irish diaspora and other communities can be found intimate histories of romance and family. Conrad Bryan, for example, has referred to the ‘Irish diaspora of colour’ – an under-researched aspect of our emigration history that speaks to the real diversity of the Irish diaspora.

To help explore this diversity, Maurice will be joined by Lenwood Sloan of the African American Irish Diaspora Network, an organisation founded in 2020 to foster relationships between African Americans and Ireland through shared heritage and culture. Maurice and Lenwood will discuss the origins of this new organisation and the shared culture that it represents.

A donation of €5 to MASI per lecture would be welcomed.


Dr Maurice J Casey is the DFA Historian in Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford, where his research explored Irish women’s involvement in international radical movements in the 1920s and 1930s. Maurice has carried out research on the lives of Irish emigrants in archives across the world, including in New York, San Francisco, London and Moscow. In his role at EPIC, he is carrying out pioneering research on the Irish abroad.