London Tube map is redesigned with station names replaced by figures including author Andrea Levy, singer Errol Brown and footballer Justin Fashanu to mark Black History Month
- The 272 station names have been replaced by notable black figures from history
- Figures include circus owner Pablo Fanque and composer, poet Cecile Nobrege
- Map was produced jointly with Transport for London and Black Cultural Archives
London’s Tube map has been redesigned to celebrate the contribution black people have made to British life throughout history to mark Black History Month.
The 272 station names have been replaced by notable black figures from pre-Tudor times to the present day including author Andrea Levy, singer Errol Brown, footballer Justin Fashanu.
Others featured in the map include the first black woman to serve in the Royal Navy, who disguised herself as a man called William Brown – and replaces Barons Court.
Embankment was renamed after Victorian circus owner Pablo Fanque while Battersea Power Station becomes John Archer, London’s first black mayor – as mayor of Battersea.
London’s Tube map has been redesigned to celebrate the contribution black people have made to British life throughout history to mark Black History Month
Among those featured in the redesigned London Tube map were singer Errol Brown (left) and author Andrea Levy (right)
Footballer Justin Fashanu also appeared in the reimagined London Tube map created to mark Black History Month
Other people featured included composer and poet Cecile Nobrega, who led a 15-year campaign to establish England’s first permanent public monument to black women in Stockwell, south London, and Jamaican-born settler to Edinburgh John Edmonstone, who taught naturalist Charles Darwin taxidermy.
The map was produced by Transport for London in partnership with Black Cultural Archives, a cultural centre in Brixton, south London.
Musician George Bridgetower replaced Ladbroke Grove; writer Ignatius Sancho took the place of Sloane Square; and teacher Gertrude Paul replaced Kensington (Olympia)
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘Black history is London’s history and this reimagination of the iconic Tube map celebrates the enormous contribution black people have made, and continue to make, to the success of our city.
‘I’m determined to create a more equal city where black lives truly matter. This starts with education and that’s why this new black history Tube map is so important.
‘It gives us all the chance to acknowledge, celebrate and learn about some of the incredible black trailblazers, artists, physicians, journalists and civil rights campaigners who have made such significant contributions to life in the capital, as well as our country as a whole.’
All 272 London Tube stations have been renamed in a redesign of the map to mark Black History Month
The new map features notable black figures from pre-Tudor times to the present day to celebrate the contribution black people have made to British life throughout history
Black Cultural Archives managing director Arike Oke said: ‘London’s black history is deeply embedded in its streets and neighbourhoods.
‘We’re delighted, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, to use this opportunity to share new and old stories about black history with Londoners and visitors to London.
‘We hope that the map will be an invitation to find out more and to explore.’
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