Black history Tube map launched by Transport for London

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A tube map celebrating the contribution of black people to British life throughout history has been released by Transport for London (TfL).

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Station names have been replaced by 272 notable black figures from pre-Tudor times to the present day.

Tube lines with specific themes have also been renamed, for example the Victoria line is “Literary” and the Jubilee line is “LGBTQ+”.


New names on the stations include the first black woman to serve in the Royal Navy, disguising herself as a man named William Brown.

Others include Victorian Circus owner Pablo Fank; musician and poet Cecil Nobrega, who led a 15-year campaign to establish England’s first permanent public monument to black women in Stockwell, south London; and Jamaica-born settler of Edinburgh John Edmonstone, who taught naturalist Charles Darwin taxidermy.

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The map was produced by TfL in partnership with Black Cultural Archives, a cultural center in Brixton, South London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Black history is the history of London and this reimagining of the iconic Tube Map celebrates, and continues to be, the enormous contribution black people make to the success of our city.

A black history tube map where the names of 272 stations have been replaced by notable black figures from pre-Tudor times

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A black history tube map where the names of 272 stations have been replaced by notable black figures from pre-Tudor times

“I’m determined to create a more equal city where black lives really matter.

“It starts with education and that’s why this new black history tube map is so important.

“It gives us an opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and learn about some of the incredible Black trailblazers, artists, physicians, journalists and civil rights campaigners who have made such a significant contribution to life in the capital, as well as to the nation as a whole.”

Eric Oke, Managing Director of Black Cultural Archives, said: “London’s black history is deeply embedded in its streets and neighbourhoods.

“We are delighted, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, to use this opportunity to share new and old stories about black history with the people of London and visitors to London.

“We hope the map will be an invitation to learn and explore more.”

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