A plaque commemorating Bill Richmond the freed slave who became a boxer.
Bill Richmond was an enslaved teenager from America’s Staten Island.
During the American war of Independence he’d become a servant to Hugh Percy the Duke of Northumberland and he came back to Britain with Percy.
He was given an education, apprenticed as a cabinet maker in York and married a local girl. But in his early 40's he took the extraordinary decision to give up his trade to become a bare knuckle boxer in London
Bill Richmond was just one of the crowd at a bare knuckle match in Wimbledon when he was challenged to a fight.
It was the spark that set him on course to become a boxing champion and one of Georgian Britain’s most famous celebrities. Bill Richmond won 17 of his 19 fights, and became the first black British sports star.
He was a true celebrity who rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, dined with aristocracy and was a guest at the coronation of George IV.
After retirement he became a publican, and also ran a sports academy – passing his skills to the next generation.
It was created by BBC History and is one of twenty placed around the world for the series Black and British: A Forgotten History.