Camberwell Black History Launch

Camberwell Black History Walk: Launch & Guided Tour – Saturday 3 February, 11am

Join this guided walk celebrating Camberwell’s black historical figures to mark the official launch of the Camberwell Black History Walk.

The walk, penned by local historian Stephen Bourne, with designs by artist Tayo Fatunla (photo), explores black history through 8 historical and contemporary figures in Camberwell: from 17th century John Primero to Star Wars actor John Boyega. A WWI soldier to fireman and British Empire Medallist, from the Windrush to Southwark Mayor, a black feminist broadcaster on the BBC in the 1940’s and a man sometimes described as the Martin Luther King of Britain.

The Black History Walk will be launched at 11am on Saturday 3 February by Southwark Mayor Michael Situ and Theatre Peckham’s artistic director and CE Suzann Mclean on Camberwell Green.

At 12pm, the guided tour will start at the main Black History walk plaque in the centre of Camberwell Green park.

We will walk to each of the eight stops, where there’s a plaque that describes each important person featured in Camberwell’s black history, as well as a QR code for an auditory guide voiced by young actors from Theatre Peckham.

From the Camberwell Green plaque, the route will be as follows:

1. George Roberts, Warner Road, Camberwell SE5

2. Sam King, Site of Emmanuel Church, Camberwell Road SE5

3. Una Marson, 16 Brunswick Park SE5

4. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Former St Giles’ Hospital, St Giles’ Road SE5

5. John Boyega, Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street SE5

6. John Primero, St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street SE5

7. Dr Harold Moody, Wren Road, Camberwell SE5

8. Belle Davis, Corner of Orpheus Street and Denmark Hill, site of the Camberwell Palace
of Varieties

You can also view and download the full text and map of the Black History Walk on the Camberwell Society website here.

The initiative was funded by Southwark Council (from the council’s developers’ levy) and the Camberwell Society. Photos by: Julia Hawkins @juliahawkins