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First UK memorial to African and Caribbean veterans unveiled First UK memorial to African and Caribbean veterans unveiled
The event included the Mayor of London, Baroness Ros Howells (patron of the African and Caribbean Memorial), chiefs of defence staff from Caribbean and African countries, Commonwealth High Commissioners, ambassadors, MPs and peers.

22/06/2017 2PM | STORY | Press


On Thursday 22nd June, the African and Caribbean War Memorial was unveiled in Brixton Windrush Square, London


The event included the Mayor of London, Baroness Ros Howells (patron of the African and Caribbean Memorial), chiefs of defence staff from Caribbean and African countries, Commonwealth High Commissioners, ambassadors, MPs and peers.


Jak Beula, CEO of the Nubian Jak Community Trust, and a driving force behind the three-year campaign for the memorial, said: “More than 2 million African and Caribbean servicemen and servicewomen participated in WWI and WWII but have not been recognised for their contribution.


The memorial, which consists of two six foot long obelisks of Scottish whinstone on a plinth of Ancaster limestone, with a combined weight of just under five tonnes, is designed to ensure that the contribution of African and Caribbean countries and people in the wars is known and identified respectfully and globally.


 

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