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Empire Windrush

SS Empire Windrush
SS Empire Windrush

The S.S Empire Windrush, Known for carrying 492 passengers from Jamaica to Britain is a centrepiece of this year’s black history season.

Sarah Teather and Dawn Butler, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East and Labour MP for Brent South respectively, took part in Brent’s fifth annual Jamaica Day celebrations which took place days before the 60th anniversary of the SS Empire Windrush.

The steamship played an integral role in forming England’s multiracialism.

The original passengers aboard the Windrush were the first large group of West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom after World War Two. When the Caribbean migrants landed in Britain, they faced a very different reality to the one that had been promised them as citizens of the British Empire.

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