Brighton & Hove Black History

Revealing Brighton and Hove’s hidden past

20th century

Indians and West Indians appeared in Brighton through their involvement in both world wars. In 1948 the SS Empire Windrush brought many West Indian immigrants to Britain, and in 1950 there was active recruitment in the West Indies to fill shortages in the hospitals of post-war Britain, and Brighton General Hospital recruited Black nurses for the first time.

In 1995 T. Framroze became Brighton’s first Black Asian Mayor, in 1997 Jackie Harding became Brighton and Hove’s first Black Caribbean councillor.

Two Indian Memorials in Brighton

Today two Memorials exist in Brighton to commemorate the Indian soldiers that passed through the Brighton hospitals during the First World War 1914 – 1918. The First is the gateway to the Pavilion grounds from the South. The second is… Continue Reading →

1938 – Haile Selassie enjoying the sea air on the Palace Pier Brighton

The Emperor of Ethiopia visited Brighton & Hove whilst exiled in Britain. During Italy’s occupation of Ethiopia between 1936-1941 Haile Selassie was forced into five years of exile in Britain, during which time he made several visits to Brighton and… Continue Reading →

1915 – West Indian Men in Sussex

Men from the West Indies arrived in Sussex preparing to defend and die for our freedom and liberty, fighting side by side with British soldiers. Between October 1915 and March 1916, Seaford in Sussex was used as a training camp… Continue Reading →

1921 – The Royal Pavilion Gate-way – A gift

Early in 1921 work began on a new gateway to the Pavilion grounds. A gift of the Princes and people of India, the gateway was to serve as a permanent memorial to the use of various public buildings in Brighton… Continue Reading →

1921 – The Chattri

The Chattri is a memorial on the Sussex South Downs to Indian soldiers who died whilst in Brighton during the First World War. Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died whilst in Brighton were taken to a burning ghat situated on… Continue Reading →

1914-1918 – Wounded Indian Troops at the Brighton Pavilion

Very early on in World War I it was apparent that the allies did not have enough forces to cover all the areas of fighting – for example in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East. So it was decided… Continue Reading →

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