English Heritage blue plaques and lessons to learn from Nubian Jak

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The statue at London’s Whittington hospital commemorating Windrush and Commonwealth NHS nurses and midwives.
The statue at London’s Whittington hospital commemorating Windrush and Commonwealth NHS nurses and midwives. Photograph: Lewis Patrick

Your editorial on the gradual increase in the number of blue plaques commemorating the lives of notable black and Asian people (6 October) outlines why from nomination to installation the English Heritage scheme can take up to three years. Maybe we can learn from the many example of plaques and memorials installed in our cities by community organisations and artists. I would point to the work of the Nubian Jak Community Trust – an organisation that, since 2006, has installed more than 60 blue and black plaques around the UK to commemorate the lives of men and women from black and ethnic minorities. The Windrush and Commonwealth NHS nurses and midwives statue at London’s Whittington hospital is just the latest of many examples.
Rich Sylvester
Greenwich, London

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