Since the Roman invasion, station names have been replaced by renowned black people on a new London tube map.
TfL made its own contribution to Black History Month on Tuesday. The names of London’s tube stations have been substituted with the names of 272 important black people and organizations associated with the city’s black community.
The map, which was produced to commemorate the Black Cultural Archives’ 40th anniversary, also modifies the names of metro lines to connect individuals and organizations through shared topics such as culture and art.
“This reimagination of the iconic tube map acknowledges the significant contribution black people have made, and continue to make, to the development of our city,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the BBC.
The mayor argued that this chart was an important element of educating people and that he was “committed to establish a more egalitarian city where black lives genuinely matter.”
The map includes civil society organizations like as the ‘Black Trans Alliance’ and ‘UK Black Pride,’ which have made significant contributions to the capital.
Claudia Jones, a political activist who co-founded the Notting Hill Carnival, and Pablo Fanque, a successful Victorian circus owner whose name appears in the Beatles song ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’ are among the people depicted on the 272-station map.
Meanwhile, Ignatius Sancho, a British abolitionist, writer, and composer who is also known for becoming the first black man to vote in a British election, takes over Sloane Square station. Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, the leader of a swing band, is featured on the list of the most important black people in the capital since the Roman invasion in 43AD.
Cyrille Regis, a French Guiana-born footballer who played five games for England, makes an appearance on the sports-themed Bakerloo Line. He was regarded as one of the best forwards of his period, having scored 112 goals in 297 games for West Brom and 62 goals in 274 games for Coventry.
Ivory Bangle Lady is the first person to appear on the list. Her skeleton was discovered in York in 1901. Archaeological evidence suggested she was a high-status woman from a North African origin who lived in fourth-century Roman York.
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