The Windrush Generation
1 October 2018
The HMT Empire Windrush transported a large number of Jamaicans to London in 1948.
The plaques were unveiled by Jamaican-born cricketer Norman Cowans, who played for Hampshire and lives in Southampton.
Between the late 1940s and the early 1970s thousands of people arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.
The nickname given to the immigrants stems from the ship MV Empire Windrush, which transported a large number of Jamaicans to London in 1948.They came at the invitation of the British government, which was facing a labour shortage in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Many of the immigrants settled in Southampton, where some still live.
Now a plaque honouring the Windrush generation has been unveiled near the stage door at the O2 Guildhall as part of Black History Month, which celebrates the part black people have played in the history of the city.
The Empire Windrush: Oral History Project 2023, ITV Meridian News