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Bermudians who helped break down racial barriers honoured by London Underground

On the map: Mary Prince appears on the District Line in the lefthand corner of the map

Two Bermudian trailblazers who helped break down racial barriers have been honoured by the London Underground

Author Mary Prince and Earl Cameron, an actor, are two of scores of names used on a new version of the Tube’s world-famous map.

Mary Prince was born enslaved in Bermuda in 1788 before she escaped to Britain and freedom 200 years ago.

She wrote a book about her experiences in 1831.

The History of Mary Prince, was released in London in 1831 and was the first account of the life of a Black woman to be published in Britain.

It contributed towards the growth of the abolitionist movement in the country.

Ms Prince’s name appears where the West Kensington station is on the standard map.

Earl Cameron, who died last year aged 102, became one of the first Black stars of the British silver screen in the 1950s.

Mr Cameron is commemorated on the Piccadilly Line’s Northfields station.

The Transport for London website said the reimagined map replaced “station names across the iconic Tube map with notable Black people from history, with the associated Tube lines renamed to link them together by common themes“.

TfL added: “By doing so, the map aims to highlight how Black people have played an intrinsic role in all parts of British life for thousands of years.”

The launch of the map was designed to coincide with Black History Month in the UK and the 40th anniversary of the Black Cultural Archives in the city’s Brixton, which was created to preserve the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK.

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Published October 16, 2021 at 7:59 am (Updated October 16, 2021 at 7:59 am)

Bermudians who helped break down racial barriers honoured by London Underground

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