Black and Revolutionary: The story of Hermina and Otto Huiswoud
From November 25th 2017 to February 25th 2018 , the exhibition ‘Black and Revolutionary: the story of Hermina and Otto Huiswoud’ will be open in the building of Vereniging Ons Suriname (‘Our Suriname’) in Amsterdam. In The Black Archives people from New Urban Collective uncovered the story of two black revolutionaries: a hidden history of an adventurous struggle against colonialism, racism and economic inequality.
Hermina and Otto Huiswoud
Otto, born to an enslaved woman in Suriname, and Hermina from British-Guyana departed for the United States at a young age. They soon found themselves in politically active circles in the vibrant Harlem borough of Manhattan. Otto became the only black co-founder of the American Communist Party. Together with Hermina he travelled all around the world. Their work as professional revolutionaries took them to New York, Moscow, Jamaica and South Africa. They eventually settled in Amsterdam and became active at the association Vereniging Ons Suriname.
Black emancipation in the Netherlands
The life of the Huiswoud connected them to an international network of anti-colonial thinkers, writers and activists, such as Anton de Kom, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes. The story of the Huiswouds shows that there has been a long tradition of black emancipation and political organizing in the Netherlands. Due, in part, to the involvement of the Huiswouds, Vereniging Ons Suriname became a hub for a political movement striving for the independence of Suriname as well as against racial discrimination and inequality in the Netherlands.
Discover hidden history!
The Black Archives uncovers this long-hidden story in an exhibit that features unique documents from the archives of Hermina and Otto Huiswoud and artwork by Iris Kensmil, Brian Elstak and Raul Balai. Visitors are invited to come explore this hidden history together with The Black Archives.
- Dates? November 25th 2017 - February 25th 2018
- Opening times: Friday to Sunday from 12PM to 6 PM and on appointment
- Entrance fee: €5,- (Group discount possible)
- Address: Vereniging Ons Suriname / The Black Archives, Zeeburgerdijk 19b, 1093SK
The Black Archives
Vrijdag - Zaterdag: 12:00 uur tot 18:00 uur., op afspraak.
Friday and Saturday from 12 pm till 6 pm, on appointment.
Tentoonstelling Zwart & Revolutionair 25 nov t/m 25 febr 2018:
Vrijdag - Zondag: 12:00 uur tot 18:00 uur
Exposition Black and Revolutionary 25 Nov till 25 Feb 2018:
Friday till Sunday from 12 pm till 6 pm