New London Underground map celebrates Black History in London

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TfL has added to the list of themed tube maps celebrating both Black History Month and 40th anniversary of the Black History Month at the Brixton Archives of Black Culture, which celebrates the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK.

The redesigned map replaces station names on the subway map with historically significant Black people, with associated Metro lines renamed to connect them by common themes – Firsts and Pioneers; Georgians; Sports; Art; LGBTQ+; doctors; artists; Literary World and Community Organizers.

The modified tube map was created in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, established in 1981 to make room for, collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK.

Note that the map is for London Underground lines only, so it does not include Overground, DLR, Trams or Dangleway, but includes the Northern line extension’s two new Tube stations.

Figures from black British history can be found on the map, for example:

  • Cecile Nobrega – Cecile Nobrega, a successful classical composer, poet, sculptor, and educator, who has led a 15-year campaign to install a memorial in the Stockwell Memorial Gardens, St. Paul’s station
  • William Brown, sailor of HMS Queen Charlotte and ‘senior captain’ William Brown, first Black woman in the Royal Navy to disguise herself as a man to replace Barons Court station;
  • Norwich-born Pablo Fanque, exceptional equestrian and hugely successful Victorian circus owner, the Beatles’ “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!” immortalized in his song. which replaced the Embankment station;
  • Jamaican-born settler to Edinburgh John Edmonstone, who taught Charles Darwin taxidermy that replaced Upminster Bridge station

Claudia Jones, feminist, political activist and pioneering journalist, co-founded the Notting Hill Carnival that replaced Camden Town station
Joe Clough made his first home in London and in 1910 Joe became the first Black powered bus driver for London Transport, which replaced the Elm Park station.

All 272 names and places on the Black History Tube map were researched by public historian Kelly Foster and the Black Culture Archives.

The map will be available for poster purchase in person at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton and online. HereIt can be downloaded as a PDF file from or. Here.

Complete list of renamed metro stations Here.

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