Plaque marking Britain's first recorded African Community


Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives
London, United Kingdom

This plaque commemorates Britain's first recorded African Community who guarded a Roman Fort on this site in Burgh-by-Sands, Cumbria, England, in the 3rd Century AD.
The fort was built to protect Hadrian's Wall, one of Britain's most famous Roman structures. It marks the boundary between Roman Britain and Scotland to the north. An inscription found in the area reveals that a Moorish unit from North Africa guarded the Fort in the 3rd century AD.
St Michael’s Church now stands on the site, and some of the fort's original stones were used to build it.
This plaque was created by BBC History and is one of twenty placed around the world for the series Black and British: A Forgotten History.


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