Black History Month

Black History Month: Honouring Mona Baptiste in Ireland on Oct 22, 2022

A very special event honouring Mona Baptiste, a Trinidadian-born woman during Black History Month, takes place in EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, Ireland on October 22, 2022.

“What About the Princess? Life and Times of Mona Baptiste” will explore the life and times of the legendary Trinidadian-born singing sensation.

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Her biographers, Bill Hern and David Gleave, will tell the fascinating life story of the singer who first came to England on the famous Empire Windrush in 1948.

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Baptiste, whose musical genres were Calypso and Blues, had a successful international singing career and appeared in several films.

Within two weeks of arriving in England she was featured on BBC radio and was soon singing with the bands of Ted Heath and Cab Kaye and as part of the Stephane Grappelli Quintet.

French star Yves Montand invited her to appear in Paris and her fame quickly spread across the continent. Her greatest success would come in Germany in the 1950s and 1960s when she was one of the highest paid entertainers in that country.

While in London, she met and married Liam Morrison and returned with him to his native Ireland in 1972.

Her life and career took her all over the world but it would be Ireland, and Dublin in particular, that she would eventually call home.

Mona Baptiste currently features in the “Revolutionary Routes: Ireland and the Black Atlantic” exhibition at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

Black History Month
Honouring Mona Baptiste during Black History Month.

About EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

  • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum was created to honour the Irish diaspora abroad and recognise the vital contributions and monumental impact Irish people have made worldwide. By combining personal emigrant perspectives with social and cultural context, visitors can understand why a person left Ireland and the beliefs and heritage they brought with them. 
  • EPIC shares how the Irish have contributed to communities throughout the world and continue to do so, through exhibitions, education programmes and digital engagement. We shine a light on people, communities, and projects, bringing their experiences and successes to our visitors and online audience. 
  • President Higgins has congratulated EPIC “for its role in highlighting Ireland’s emigrant experiences, its causes and consequences, and its relevance to the stories of those who are, today, escaping marginalisation, poverty, and conflict. As a society, we are deeply grateful to EPIC for keeping the memory of our shared past alive”. 
  • For more information, please visit www.epicchq.com or search #EPICmuseum online

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Come honour Mona Baptise for Black History Month

See Event Link.

  • DATE: October 22, 2022
  • TIME: 2pm – 3pm
  • WHERE: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • COST: €5

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