Black History Month postboxes will honour black Britons

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Black History Month postboxes will honour black Britons

Some of the country’s main red mailboxes are slated to be painted black to honor the former and present black Britons, including Sir Lenny Henry and nursing pioneer Mary Seacole.

Four mailboxes – in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast – were redesigned and painted black with a gold border as part of Black History Month in October.

Each of the special edition mailboxes have a social media link and a prominent figure in the UK black community.

Peter De Norville, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Royal Mail, said: “Black History Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the contributions blacks have made to this country over many generations.

“We’re also using it as an opportunity to celebrate the important work our black employees are doing across the country, from the mailbag to the meeting room.”

The goal is for the mailboxes to help people mark the success of the black British, Royal Mail said.

A QR code on the mailboxes can be scanned to display a full list and dedicated online gallery on the Royal Mail website of the black Britons who have appeared on the special stamps over the years.

Where are the Black History Month mailboxes?

The London Post Box is on Acre Lane in Brixton, near the Black Cultural Archives – a premier museum for the British black community.

This box contains the image Queuing at the RA by Yinka Shonibare, one of six artists commissioned by Royal Mail to produce original artwork for a range of special stamps issued to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy (RA).

Mr Shonibare said: “As a citizen of the Commonwealth, it was particularly important to me to make a visible contribution to a historical public space.”

Footballer Walter Tull, who becomes the first black player for Rangers, appears on the Glasgow mailbox on Byres Road.

He was featured in a series of postage stamps issued in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and was also the first officer in the black army to command troops in a regular unit.

He was killed in action during the war.

Mary Seacole, who nursed British soldiers wounded during the Crimean War and built a special place for their recreation known as the British Hotel, appears on the Cardiff mailbox on King Edward VII Avenue.

Sir Lenny Henry, the comedian, actor, singer, writer and television presenter and co-founder of the Comic Relief charity, is honored by the post box on Bedford Street in Belfast.

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