Black history, Black Lives Matter, Gandhi in Britain, History of slavery, Mary Seacole, Monument to end of slavery, Windrush generation
This walk covers Black, Jewish and Asian related themes. And it’s in three geographical sections. We start in the East End and head into the City, before jumping on a tube for a short while to take us into Westminster.
We start with the ‘White Chapel’, the church which this part of the East End is named after, and we explain why it now a park named after a local Asian man. We then show you things relating to the East End’s Jewish and Muslim history including a truly unique (the only one in the world) building of worship, a Victorian soup kitchen and where an Ayah’s (Indian servants) Home once stood. We also cover the anti-semitism that was part of the Jack the Ripper case in this area, before heading past an old East India Company’s warehouse to get to the City. Here we see where the slave trade effectively both started and ended, and where and how it was funded.
Once into Westminster we see perhaps the most aesthetically, artistically pleasing memorial in London, and it’s to a West Indian Scottish woman, who was voted Britain’s greatest black woman in a poll. And we get great views of the Houses of Parliament on our way to see a memorial to the end of the slave trade in Britain and its colonies. We finish with who else but Mandela and Gandhi.
We also see lots of other things of interest along the way including several things relating to women’s history such as the Suffragettes.
Start Aldgate East tube
Finish Parliament Square Westminster