TfL (Transport for London) has recreated an alternative underground map in honor of Black History Month.
The iconic map, which usually lists all of London’s underground stations, has replaced famous names with those that shaped black history in the capital and across the UK.
We’ve teamed up with @bcaheritage to launch the first ever Black History Tube map, celebrating the rich and varied contribution Black people have made to London and the UK 🗺
See the full map 👇
— Transport for London 😷 (@TfL) October 12, 2021
What is the Black History Tube Map?
On Twitter, TfL says it has teamed up with the Black Cultural Archives for the initiative.
It showed the new map and said it celebrated “the rich and varied contribution that blacks have made to London and Britain from pre-Tudor to the present day”.
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A TfL spokesman said: “Black people have played an important role in all aspects of British life for thousands of years.
“From civil rights, art and traffic to medicine and journalism.
“It is fantastic to see the true scope and breadth of this contribution, which is featured on TfL’s iconic tube map – a symbol so synonymous with London and the UK.”
Who’s on the black history tube map?
The new card features Pablo Fanque, among others, who inspired the Beatles song Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
Elm Park is now called Joe Clough – in honor of the first British black bus driver from London Transport.
Tottenham Hale becomes the Bernie Grant Center after the former Labor MP.
And then there is Battersea Power Station, known today as John Archer – the capital’s first black mayor.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month was originally launched in the United States in 1926 by the pioneering historian Carter G Woodson.
It is now recognized and celebrated around the world, including the UK.
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In October, initiatives across the country will share and celebrate the impact of black culture in the UK.
It also celebrates the contributions and achievements of black people.
This can be from anyone in local communities to doctors, entertainers, and scientists.
To read more and see all the names on the map, click the link here
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