The African and Caribbean Memorial (AC Memorial) is a memorial and a series of events to remember African and Caribbean soldiers who took part in the great wars. This is the vision of Nubian Jak Community Trust (NJCT). It has been 7 years in the making from the initial concept as an extension of the 36 blue plaques which have been installed around the country remembering crucial people in black history who made an impact in the United Kingdom.
Why this initiative?
The memorial initiative is established to address some historical omissions that so far, have had little presence for UK and Commonwealth populations. As a dedication to the Service Men and Women from the African and Caribbean Commonwealth Nations who played heir role for Britain during World War I and World War II, it is the only commemoration of its kind in the UK and Europe.
To make a lasting legacy that is valuing the contribution made by African and Caribbean Military Servicemen and Servicewomen’s participation in WWI and WWII; by correcting their historical omission.
What is the memorial comprised of?
The Memorial comprises of two obelisks of 6ft each; they are made from Scottish Whin stone, weighing 2 tonnes. It is placed on an Ancaster stone pyramidal plinth weighing 3 tonnes. They are engraved with the names of regiment, force, contingent, and troop from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as those currently serving in the forces today.
Culmination of Memorial Unveiling
This monument is being installed on Windrush Square, Brixton, and is due to be unveiled by a special VIP on Thursday 22 June 2017 – Windrush Day. This date and location are particular fitting because they mark the arrival of the Empire Windrush Ship in 1948, and the advent of people of African Heritage following the call from Prime Minister Clement Attlee to help Britain recover from the devastations of WWII.
Expected Audience Composition on 22 June 2017
- Chiefs of Defence Staff from African and Caribbean countries
- High Commissions from Commonwealth Nations
- Members of the House of Lords
- Members of Parliament
- War Veterans
- In-Service Men and Women
- Other Dignitaries
- The General Public