Statements

“I congratulate the Nubian Jak Community Trust on the creation of this important memorial and fully support their efforts to ensure that the contribution of both Africa and the Caribbean armed forces to both World Wars is properly recognised.  Their contribution is not always sufficiently known or talked about and the First World War Centenary Commemorations are an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the important role that they played.”

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

FCO Minister of State with responsibility for Africa and the Caribbean.

“BCA Trustees and Director Paul Reid, are honoured to share in this commemoration of African and Caribbean Service Personnel… It is indeed fitting that it will be installed in Windrush Square, Brixton. It is establishing a constant source of inspiration to our Black & Minority Ethnic communities of the valuable contribution made to Great Britain and the continuing heroic role of our soldiers in the present day”

Dawn Hill

Chair of the Black Cultural Archives

“It is fair to say that the role played by the Caribbean, Africa, India and other parts of Asia is still not widely known by many in Britain. The Caribbean and Africa were profoundly affected by the war as manpower, materials, and funds were sent by them to aid the war effort to protect Britain and Europe. Although troops from the Caribbean and Africa played a critical role in the war, they were never properly compensated or recognized and their work and sacrifices are still treated as a footnote. This memorial is a fitting permanent tribute to those hundreds of thousands of men and women from Africa and the Caribbean. I hope that it will go some way to highlight that we were also an important part of this shared history”

Her Excellency, The Honorouble Aloun Ndombet-Assamba

High Commissioner for Jamaica

“This memorial project is helping to tell a story that is often overlooked in the history of the two World Wars and is employing a variety of imaginative ways to engage audiences of all ages.”

Sue Bowers

Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London

“This memorial is making a lasting and engaging legacy for the men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who contributed to both World Wars; men and women who set the tone for future generations”

Mr Tedwin Herbert

Acting High Commission for Trinidad and Tobago

“The West Indian Association of Service Personnel are honoured and pleased to present this memorial in memory and dedication to the sacrifices and contributions made by African and Caribbean Servicemen and women. Stand tall our brave hero’s… you gave your yesterdays for our todays democracy and world peace.”

Vince McBeam

Chair of WASP