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LMA launches database of historic BAME Londoners


The London Metropolit­an Archives (LMA) has launched a digital database that reveals the lives of Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and indigenous heritage going back over 400 years.

Switching the Lens ( bit.ly/LMA-BAME) is the result of work by LMA staff and volunteers to uncover BAME individual­s in the archive’s Anglican parish registers, which began in 2000. The records, which are free to search online, date from 1561–1840 and list over 2,600 individual­s.

The database includes the 1765 baptism record of former slave Jonathan Strong. Abolitioni­st lawyer Granville Sharp represente­d him in a successful legal challenge to his enslavemen­t in 1769.

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Switching the Lens uncovers BAME individual­s

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