417414_1_En_9_Chapter_OnlinePDF (publishers’ proof of my chapter on David Oluwale)
I’m Secretary to the David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) and I spend a lot of my time reminding all those who are interested of the fate of a man who stowed away on a ship leaving Lagos in 1949, and who was killed by two policemen in Leeds in 1969.
We believe he was killed, but the judge at the policemen’s trial didn’t allow the jury to consider the relevant evidence, so they were acquitted on manslaughter and convicted only of causing him actual bodily harm.
My friend Dr Quentin Outram (University of Leeds) knew about the campaign DOMA has launched for a public memorial to David Oluwale in the centre of Leeds, near the River Aire, in which David was drowned. Quentin suggested I write a chapter for a book he was editing about secular martyrs in Britain and Ireland.
The book has now been published and it’s crammed with fascinating historical analysis. Full information here: Outram/Laybourn Secular Martyrdom in Britain and Ireland – From Peterloo to the Present (Palgrave, 2018)
My chapter on David Oluwale, which, amongst other things explains why I think he was murdered, is here. 9. David Oluwale memory and martyrdom Max Farrar (FINAL 4) (my final draft)
More on the David Oluwale Memorial Association here.