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Silsden showman The Great Sequah back in the spotlight
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A Victorian adventurer and showman from Silsden will come under the spotlight in the town next week.
William Henry Hartley – who became known as The Great Sequah – will be the subject of a talk at an open meeting of the local history group on Monday.
Mr Hartley – who grew up in the Brunthwaite area – found fame and fortune by selling a variety of potions from aboard a chariot, accompanied by a band of singers.
He headed overseas in search of adventure and re-invented himself as a Native American medicine man.
But he died virtually bankrupt in 1924 and is buried in Silsden.
His exploits have been researched by Bradford academic Dr Christine Alvin, who will address the meeting, being held at Silsden Methodist Church at 7.20pm.
The Great Sequah will also feature in the latest play – Looking Up At Stars – by local writer Cathy Liddle, which will be performed in the town next year.