In 2007 actor David Harewood (Maybe I Don’t Belong Here) visited Harewood House in Leeds, built in the 18th century by the Lascelles family; his ancestors were enslaved on the family’s Caribbean sugar plantations and were re-surnamed Harewood after the project their work financed. In Blood Legacy Alex Renton delves into his family’s history as slave and plantation owners and explores the inheritance – political, economic, moral and spiritual – that has been passed to the descendants of both the slave owners and the enslaved. In conversation with Richard Atkinson, who traces his own family’s morally tangled inheritance in Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract, they consider how we might navigate this complicated legacy going forward.

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Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract: The Story of a Tangled Inheritance Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family’s Story of Slavery
Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery


The Hive

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