Make Windrush Square in Brixton the home of the Windrush memorial

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For Windrush Day this year, when we celebrate the contributions of the Caribbean community to the UK, the government has announced a new memorial in Waterloo Station.

While it is right to choose Lambeth to celebrate the arrival of the Empire Windrush and the major contribution of the Windrush generation to the UK, Windrush Square in Lambeth is the rightful site for this memorial. 

The majority of the first passengers made their homes in Lambeth and Brixton is rightly proud to be home to such a large African Caribbean community that has shaped its culture and its success. Windrush Square was named to celebrate that heritage on the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush. 

Windrush Square is Home to the Black Cultural Archives, the only historical institution of its kind in this country dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of African Caribbean people in Britain. What better recognition of the contributions of the Windrush Generation than to have this monument in Windrush Square alongside the Black Cultural Archives providing both historical and educational experience of the Windrush Generation for generations to come.