This page is under development. Please do contact us if you can help us explore the history of Black and Ethnic Minority people in Southampton.

As a port, Southampton has a long history of immigration and of inhabitants and visitors from other races.

Jacques Francis was a sixteenth-century salvage diver working on the Mary Rose. (See Ten Black Tudors.)

The West Indian cricket team toured England in 1900, with two Black professional players, Float Woods and Tommie Burton. They arrived in Southampton in June 1900. Their matches included one, which they won, against Hampshire at the Southampton County Ground. They left Southampton in August 1900. A banquet was held for them at the West Indian Club, but I do not know if this was the Southampton club. (See Wikipedia.)

Ships to Southampton carrying West Indian immigrants in the 1940s includes the Almanzora, December 1947, and the better-known Windrush.

In the 1980s Southampton Museums and Libraries ran an oral history Caribbean Heritage Project (The Caribbean Connection). This is described in The Politics of the Past by P Gathercole and D Lowenthal.

Sotonopedia articles:

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Further reading:

A Black History of Southampton: From the 16th Century to the 21st Century, Don John and Stella Muirhead


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