Nubian Jak Community Trust Blue Plaques

Plaque for Laurie Cunningham -Nubian Jack Community Trust blue plaques

Anyone who has spent any amount of time around SOAS and the leafy streets of Bloomsbury can hardly have failed to notice the number of blue plaques, commemorating famous past residents, that hang on the walls of many of the Georgian townhouses.

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE, who obtained a PhD in African History from SOAS, is a member of the English Heritage Blue Plaque Group and was leader of a working group to look at potential Asian and black candidates for the traditional English Heritage blue plaques.

This initiative has been championed by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, who highlight the historic contributions of black and minority ethnic people with their own series of blue plaques. 

Nubian Jak blue plaques are visible all around the capital, from Tottenham to Sutton; Ealing to Leyton.  It may not be possible to visit every one, but check out the list below and you are sure to discover one that is close to you.

Plaques in Central London

  • Bob Marley – Singer – 34 Ridgmount Gardens
  • George Padmore – International Activist – 22 Cranleigh Street
  • Frederick Douglass – Social Reformer – 5 Whitehead’s Grove
  • Arthur Stanley Wint – Olympic Sprinter – 22 Philbeach Gardens
  • John Alcindor – Physician and Activist – 209 Harrow Road
  • Sidney Bechet – Jazz Musician – 27 Conway Street
  • Harold Moody – Physician and Civil Rights Activist – 111 Great Russell Street
  • Phillis Wheatley – Writer and Poet – 9 Aldgate High Street

Plaques in West London

  • Connie Mark – Community Activist – 24 Invermead Place, Hammersmith
  • Claudia Jones – Journalist and Activist – Portobello Road
  • Kelso Cochrane – Carpenter and Student – 36 Golborne Road
  • Amy Ashwood Garvey – Human Rights Campaigner – 1 Bassett Road
  • Rhaune Laslett – Community Activist and Carnival Organiser – 78 Tavistock Road
  • Russell Henderson – Jazz Musician – 69 Tavistock Road
  • Leslie Palmer – Community Activist and Carnival Organiser – 70 Tavistock Road
  • Frank Crichlow – Civil Rights Campaigner – 5 All Saints Road
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Composer – 6 St Leonard’s Road
  • Eric and Jessica Huntley – Community Activists – 141 Coldershaw Road

Plaques in South London

  • Lord Learie Constantine – Cricketer and Statesman – 11 Kendal Court
  • John Richard Arthur – Mayor of Battersea – 214 Battersea Park Road
  • Frank Bates – Singer – 19 Hichisson Road
  • Stephen Lawrence – Student – 39 Brookmill Road
  • Pete Robinson – Drummer – 8 Crewdson Road
  • Daphne Steele – Nurse – 70 St James’ Drive
  • Cecile Nobrega – Composer, Playwright and Poet – 10 Nealden Street
  • Emma Clarke – Footballer – Nightingale Lane
  • George Alfred Busby – Pan-Africanist – 66 Erskine Road

Plaques in North London 

  • Dennis Brown – Reggae Musician – 55 Hazeldean Road
  • Bernie Grant – Politician – Tottenham Old Town Hall
  • Walter Tull – Footballer – 77 Northumberland Park
  • Cy Grant – Actor and Musician – 54 Jacksons Lane

Plaques in East London

Laurie Cunningham – Footballer – 6 Brisbane Road

Find out more:

Nubian Jak Community Trust
SOAS Students’ Union
SOAS Black History Month

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