Monday, October 25, 2021

Black History Tube map launched by Transport for London

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A tube map celebrating black people’s contribution to British life throughout history has been published by Transport for London (TfL).

The station names have been replaced with 272 notable black numbers from the pre-Tudor period to the present day.

The tube lines have also been renamed with specific themes, for example the Victoria line is “Literary” and the Jubilee line is “LGBTQ +”.

New names at the stations include the first black woman to serve in the Royal Navy, disguising herself as a man named William Brown.

Other people include the Victorian circus owner Pablo Fanque; Composer and poet Cecile Nobrega, who led a 15-year campaign to erect England’s first permanent public memorial to black women in Stockwell, south London; and Jamaica-born Edinburgh settler John Edmonstone who taught taxidermy to the naturalist Charles Darwin.

The map was produced by TfL in collaboration with Black Cultural Archives, a cultural center in Brixton, south London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Black history is London’s history and this reinterpretation of the iconic tube map celebrates the tremendous contribution blacks have made and continue to make to the success of our city.

“I am determined to create a more equitable city where black lives really matter.

“It starts with education and that’s why this new black subway card is so important.

“It gives us all a chance to recognize, celebrate and learn about some of the incredible black trailblazers, artists, doctors, journalists and civil rights activists who have made such a significant contribution to life in the capital and our country as a whole. “

Black Cultural Archives General Manager Arike Oke said, “London’s black history is deeply rooted in its streets and neighborhoods.

“We are pleased to be part of our 40th anniversary celebrations.

“We hope the map is an invitation to learn and explore more.”

Additional reporting by PA

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