What's New: October 2021

October 14, 2021

This month’s update adds the lives of 9 people of Black/African descent who had an impact on the UK. As well as those from the period of colonial slavery, they include men and women from the Caribbean and West Africa who trained and worked in modern Britain.

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New and updated subjects - October 2021

Barber, Samuel (1783–1828), Primitive Methodist lay preacher

Calderon, Louisa [Luisa] (1785x8–1825), victim of torture and witness in legal case

Clough, Joseph Alan [Joe] (1885–1976), bus and taxi driver

Johnson, James Alfred (1847–1914), fugitive slave, lay preacher, and author

Labor, Augustus Boyle Chamberlayne Merriman- [also known as Augustus Merriman, Ohlohr Maigi] (1877–1919), author, barrister, and entrepreneur

Pratt [née Scott], Kofoworola Abeni (1914/15–1992), nurse leader in Nigeria

Reckord, Barrington John [Barry] (1926–2011), playwright

Samboo [Sambo] (d. 1736?), servant

Smythe, John Henry Clavell [Johnny] (1915–1996), air force officer and barrister

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Discover a full list of entries added this year.