Spitalfields Black History Walk

Sunday 31th July

Scintillating expose of the African/Caribbean legacy in this very old but increasingly modernised area, in the shadow of enormous wealth


Nestling between the wealth of the City and one of the poorest parts of London, Spitalfields has been absorbing refugees and visible minorities for the last four hundred years.

The Black history of Spitalfields and the surrounding areas takes us from the beginnings of the African presence in Britain and serves as a map of pre-Windrush Black history. On this tour we will meet :

  • African men and women of every status in 16th century Whitechapel
  • Phillis Wheatley (the first Black woman poet published in English),
  • The Black Poor of 18th century Black London,
  • The virtuoso violinist and friend of Beethoven, George Polgreen Bridgetower,
  • The legendary African-American international superstar actor Ira Aldridge,
  • The incredible educator Booker T. Washington and many others.

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