Sunderland was not a lucky place for Martini Maccomo! Martini was mauled in front of a Sunderland audience in 1869 by one of his lions. 'Wallace' - the lion was later bought and promptly stuffed by Sunderland Museum, where he is still on view today. On his next visit to Sunderland Martini sadly died of rheumatic fever and was buried in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. You can learn more about Martini Maccomo from the 'Black History’ education resource designed for Upper KS2 and KS3 pupils.
The resource has been commissioned by Sunderland International Services to support ‘Black History Month’. Activities explore Sunderland’s links to slavery, our links to Washington DC and how the past can inform how we might work together to support Sunderland as a city of friendship and tolerance. Each section has a series of beautifully designed slides with Teacher Notes with an Image Bank of photographs that can be used to adapt and extend activities.
The resource has been funded by Sunderland Library Services and was developed with the support of the International Team, Sunderland Museums, the National Trust at Washington Old Hall and Tyne and Wear Museum Service.
You can access the resource here.