New plaque salutes abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond

The plaque, installed opposite number 6 Greville Street, where she lived for a time

Thursday, 31st March — By Angela Cobbinah

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A PLAQUE in honour of renowned abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond was unveiled in Bloomsbury on Friday.

Doing the honours was Professor Paul Gilroy, who three years ago named his race studies centre at University College London after her.

He said: “Sarah is relatively unknown in the UK today despite her significant role in the abolition movement and this is a way of preserving her valuable legacy.”

 

Sarah Parker Remond

Remond worked as a leading anti-slavery campaigner in the US before coming to Britain in 1858 to advance the cause.

She enrolled at Bedford College – now part of Royal Holloway College – where she studied humanities, and later retrained as a nurse at University College London.

She is believed to be the first black woman to have studied there. At the age of 42 she travelled to Italy to study medicine, becoming an obstetrician.

The plaque, installed opposite number 6 Greville Street, where she lived for a time, was organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust.

Among the other speakers were publisher and editor Margaret Busby and Professor Gloria Agyemang of Royal Holloway College.

Several alumni of Bedford College, originally based in Bedford Square and the first tertiary college for women in England, also attended.

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