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African and Caribbean War Memorial to be unveiled in South London

African and Caribbean War Memorial to be unveiled in South London

Posted by Shanelle Weir on November 11, 2014

To honour the fallen soldiers of the First and Second World Wars, a two minute silence will be observed in Brixton’s Windrush Square tomorrow (11th Nov) at 11 minutes past 11am.

This will be followed by the unveiling of an African and Caribbean War Memorial commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the sacrifices made by African and Caribbean servicemen and women who ‘served their mother country during its greatest hour of need’.

Created by a partnership with the West Indian Association of Service Personnel, the two and a half ton monument is sculptured from rare Scottish Wint, and features the names of all the African and Caribbean regiments which contributed to Great Britain’s war effort during both wars.

The Honorouble Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, High Commissioner for Jamaica said, “This year, as the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War is observed, it is fair to say that the role played by the Caribbean, Africa, India and other parts of Asia is still not widely known by many in Britain. The Caribbean and Africa were profoundly affected by the war as manpower, materials, and funds were sent by them to the aid the war effort to protect Britain and Europe.”

“Although troops from the Caribbean and Africa played a critical role in the war, they were never properly compensated or recognised and their work and sacrifices are still treated as a footnote. This memorial is a fitting permanent tribute to those thousands of men and women from Africa and the Caribbean. I hope that it will go some way to highlight that we were also an important part of this shared history”.

Mr Tedwin Herbert, Acting High Commission for Trinidad and Tobago added “This memorial will make a lasting and engaging legacy for the men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who contributed to both World Wars; men and women who set tone for future generations.’”.

Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives opens in Brixton tonight with free a Windrush Square ceremony

Dawn Hill, Chair of the Black Cultural Archives, said “BCA Trustees and Director Paul Reid, are honoured to share in this commemoration of African and Caribbean Service Personnel on this auspicious day 11th November. It is indeed fitting that it will be installed in Windrush Square, Brixton. It will establish a constant source of inspiration to our Black & Minority Ethnic communities of the valuable contribution made to Great Britain and the continuing heroic role of our soldiers in the present day”.

The memorial is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lambeth Council and the Black Cultural Archives.

Ceremony details: 

Date: Tuesday 11th November 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12pm (Plaque ceremony), The Black Cultural Archives, Brixton, London, SW2 1EF
Reception: (12:00pm – 2pm) Black Cultural Archives.

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