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Book Launch: 'The Jippi-Jappa Hat Merchant and his Family: A Jamaican Family in Britain'

Publication date: Jan 16, 2014 3:40:45 PM

Start: Feb 13, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: Feb 13, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN

The Jippi-Jappa Hat Merchant and his Family: A Jamaican Family in Britain


UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) gladly welcomes Dr. Julian Henriques, Professor Jean Besson and Professor Miranda Aldhouse-Green to speak on the writings and memoirs of the several members of the Cyril Henriques family which settled in London from Jamaica in 1919.

This new book, researched and written by his descendants, vividly illuminates Cyril Henriques’ own life and the lives of his children. Several became prominent in their chosen professions: Carryl Henriques, doctor and inventor of the phonostethograph; Sir Cyril George Henriques, President of the Court of Appeal in Jamaica; Pauline Crabbe-Henriques, Secretary of the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child, and the first black woman magistrate in Britain; and Professor Fernando Henriques, an eminent academic at Leeds and Sussex universities, and author of Family and Colour in Jamaica and The Sociology of Sex.

The themes explored in the book include early childhood in Jamaica, the family’s nuanced responses to growing up and thriving in a predominantly white society, and adult engagement in the community and racial politics of the post-WW2 world. You can order the book using this form.

Attendance is free of charge, but due to limited seating capacity, registration is strictly required.