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BlackPoppyRoses

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The BlackPoppyRose The BlackPoppyRose is a symbol that has been created to remember ALL African/Black people who have contributed in a number of ways towards various war efforts across the globe, since the 16th Century. Established with the aim of enlightening people of all nations, of the African/Black contribution to global war efforts, the BlackPoppyRose signifies pride, honour and glory, with the hope that future generations will be inspired by these largely untold historical legacies.

Why Do We Need A BlackPoppyRose? African/Black people have consistently contributed to civilisation. Growing up in the UK, most people are aware of the red Poppy, which signifies British remembrance, as celebrated by The Royal British Legion. BlackPoppyRose fully supports the legacy of the red Poppy, however, felt that as African/Black Britons exploring our historical journeys, it was important to highlight our ancestral contribution to world history.

The project began five years ago, following the realisation that in a country that many African/Black people call home, the history that represents us has been displaced over the course of time. England has an excellent archive of the country’s historic achievements. These are documented and celebrated via monuments, statues and plaques, documentaries, books, articles and magazines, etc. However, there is a severe lack of representation displaying the full picture of history, including all of its contributors.


Why we have a BlackPoppyRose‌ The blood that runs through us today carries the experiences and tales from many many many years ago. If it didn’t then we would not be here today. Our history is very important and significant for each of our developments. To identify with ourselves is the most powerful tool, history teaches us this regularly. We will remember our historical genealogy and the contributions we continue to make with a symbol that includes our memories for over 400years.


Our Aims To make the BlackPoppyRose our symbol of Remembrance worldwide. To understand that throughout our history we have been displaced over many generations. Our memories, pain and loss are universal. For our children must know their history to be able to make their marks on the future.

• We would like to collect War stories from all over the world to enable us to have an overview of ‘How’ the war was far us: Collecting pictures/clothing/memorabililia to preserve and document our presence. • We would like to document the graves of those who have fallen. (laying BlackPoppyRose wreaths) • We would like to work with others who are promoting and highlighting the African/Black Contribution to Wars. • To establish a Remembrance day for us to remember our ancestors contributions.


What we Cover BlackPoppyRose focuses on the African contributions to WAR since the 16th Century

American Revolution 1775

Haitian Revolution 1791

Napoleonic Wars 1803

Crimean Wars 1853

World World I 1914

World War II 1939

Maroon Wars 1731

Anglo Ashanti Wars 1823

Anglo Zulu Wars 1879

Boar Wars 1899 And Many Many More

We deliver: • Talks • School Assemblies • School/Young people/Adults Workshops • Workshops for children/Adults with disabilities • Talks within Housing Associations/Groups • Workshops: Interactive • Exhibitions • *Will be producing Booklets


Why we have the BlackPoppyRose? The BlackPoppyRose is a symbol for us to remember not only the soldiers, but also the families/people, of Africans (Black People) who contributed to and were affected by the War effort. • • • • • •

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Doctors/Nurses/Herbalists Skilled Tradesmen Civil Workers Forestry Workers Factory Workers/Road Builders And many more...


Men, women & children all played significant roles in contributing: • To help build/purchase – Tanks, Guns, Aircrafts, Binoculars & Telescopes. • Food – Sugar cane, Maize, Coffee, Banana, Yams, Legumes, Green vegetable, Herbs for medicine, Rum and so much more. • Materials – Oil, Bauxite, Cotton, Rubber, Hides & Skins, Tin, Tantalum, Timber, and so much more. • Large and small sums of Money, Donations, Gift aid, etc.


We served in/from: • Africa • Asia • Europe • North America (West Indies) • South America • Oceania 100 years ago our ancestors have enabled us to be here today and this warrants our remembrance, honour & respect.


Our History must not be forgotten, nor must our contributions be undervalued.


‘A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’ ‘The Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey’


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Where were your families during these wars??? Do you Know??? Would you share your stories with us??? Contact us: info@blackpoppyrose.org Do you need help researching your Family Tree??? Contact us. Selena.carty82@gmail.com


The Flags of the British Empire


American Revolution 19th April 1775 – 3rd September 1783

The First Rhode Island Regiment, the only all-black American unit at the siege, formed part of Major General Benjamin Lincoln's division.


Haitian Revolution 21st April 1791 – 1st January 1804 The Haitian Revolution, was much more complex, consisting of several revolutions going on simultaneously. These revolutions were influenced by the French Revolution of 1789, which would come to represent a new concept of human rights, universal citizenship, and participation in government. Leaders • Toussaint L’Overture • Jean Jacque Dessalines • Henry Christophe


Napoleonic Wars 18th May 1803 – 20th November 1815

At the Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory had a crew of 820 men commanded by Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy. The crew were comprised of 9 Commissioned Officers, 21 Shipmen and 77 Non-commissioned Warrant and Petty Officers, the rest being Able and Ordinary Seaman, Landsmen, supernumeries and 31 boys. Also within this complement was a detachment of 146 Royal Marines from the Chatham Division, commanded by Captain Charles Adair. A few days before the battle the Victory muster book listed 441 English, 64 Scots, 63 Irish, 18 Welsh, 3 Shetlanders, 2 Channel Islanders, and 1 Manxman. There were also 71 foreigners aboard comprising 22 Americans, 7 Dutch, 6 Swedes, 4 Italians, 4 Maltese, 3 Frenchmen volunteers, 3 Norwegians, 3 Germans, 2 Swiss, 2 Portuguese, 2 Danes, 2 Indians, 1 Russian, 1 from Africa and 9 from the West Indies.


Crimean War Oct 1853 – February 1856

Mary Jane Seacole 1854 Mary Seacole travelled to England and approached the war office, asking to be sent as an army nurse to the Crimean War. She was refused. Mary Seacole went on to fund her own trip to the Crimean. (Read her book the Wonderful Travel of Mary Seacole in Many Lands, she taught Florence Nightingale how to treat Cholera but Florence wouldn't hire her.)


WWI 28th July 1914 – 11th November 1918

Walter Tull, Norman Manley, George Bemand, Harold Leslie Bemand, Arthur Roberts (Scotland) These are a few of the Black soldiers who fought for the United Kingdom. There were many Black soldiers who fought for Britain even with the British Nationality & Status of Aliens Act 1914 to identify the means of becoming a British Subject.


WWII: 1st September 1939 – 2nd September 1945 Sons of Albert Carty who served in the No2 Construction Battalion, Canada in WWI Pastor: Adolphus Carty Cartographer: William Carty Fire Fighter: Clyde Carty

Air Craft Assistant: Donald Carty Air Crew: Gerald Carty


THE EMPIRE NEEDS MEN 2014-2019

Tour 2016 • We have 14, 6ft panels what are currently touring in libraries/schools. If you would like us to bring the free* exhibition to you please contact us. *(Only Travel costs for drop off & pick ups required)

http://www.narrative-eye.org.uk/empireneedsmen.html


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