New Cross Fire - New Cross Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 28.542 W 000° 01.823
30U E 706218 N 5706909
Quick Description: This blue plaque, erected by the Nubian Jak Community Trust for the fire that took place here in 1981, is attached to a building on the north east side of New Cross Road in south east London. The plaque was erected on the 30th anniversary of the fire
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/29/2014 9:45:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMMZQ7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:

A press release on the Nubian Jak website tells us:

Three decades after 14 young people tragically lost their lives after attending a house party in New Cross, the Nubian Jak Community Trust, in partnership with Lewisham Council (and consultation with Black History Walks), is to install a blue plaque at the address where the tragedy took place.

The ceremony will take place at 439 New Cross Road, Lewisham, London, SE14 6TA, on Tuesday 18th January, 2011 at 2:00pm.

The plaque will be the climax of a series of events happening over 4 days beginning with a Remembrance Evening of entertainment at the Albany Theatre, Deptford, on 14th January hosted by the playwright Kwame Kwei Armah. This will be followed on Sunday 16th January, by a 3pm Memorial Service at St Andrews Church, Brockley SE4. Then two days later, on Tuesday 18th, exactly 30 years to the day the catastrophic fire took place, a blue commemorative plaque will be unveiled by family members of those that perished in the fire. Also attending will be the mayor of Lewisham, dignitaries, TV personalities, the media and members of the public.

The New Cross Fire was a devastating house fire which killed 13 young black people during a birthday party in New Cross, South East London, on Sunday January 18, 1981. It would later claim a 14th victim. The black community were shocked by the indifference of the wider population, and accused the London Metropolitan Police of a cover up, which they suspected was an arson attack motivated by racism. The protests arising out of the fire led to a mobilisation of black political activity and the largest ever street march by a BME community in Britain. To date no-one has ever been charged, but the case represents a land mark in British African Caribbean history and race relations.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Nubian Jak Community Trust

Individual Recognized: New Cross Fire

Physical Address:
439 New Cross Road
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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