A Black History Tour Around Islington (Part Of Islington Festival)

25 June 2021

Looking at some of the people that have lived, worked or visited, and events that have taken place in Islington

Throughout Islington’s history, radicalism has reigned. But this is radicalism of a different sort. Black radicals have lived, worshipped, marched and cultivated life in the Borough, leaving behind them a trail that historian, Avril Nanton, has picked up. She tells the story of Lenin’s tenuous link to the Notting Hill Carnival, the strong ANC link to the borough, and the lively entertainments, as well as the story of the Black dancers who have a link to Sadlers Wells Theatre. Link all of this with the ancient history of Egypt and you have a fascinating alternative story of the area.

in 1984 the ANC headquarters were blown up …but by whom? Roads were blocked, sniffer dogs brought in and helicopters flew all around the area looking for the perpetrators. Were they ever found? Who were they? Why did they do it? Pablo Fanque was one of the few black circus owners of the 19th century. Sargano Alicamousa was a Black lion tamer. Come and hear all about them on this fascinating walk.

Meeting Point – Angel Station

Meeting Time – 15 mins before setting off time

Tickets Prices – Adult £6, Child Free

You are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking. You should bring a bottle of water with you and food if you think you are going to get hungry as there is no food stop on the walk. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before we leave as I will not be able to take phone calls once the tour starts.

Tour Guide Contact Number 07984759506