Islington has given its citizens the chance to vote for a commemorative green plaque to celebrate the lives of former residents and significant places.
We're delighted that Samuel Ajayi Crowther has been shortlisted among ten nominations. He came to Islington from West Africa, after being rescued from a slave ship. He attended our church and was educated at St Mary's School. He went on to be ordained for ministry in the church here and was later appointed as the first black Anglican bishop, serving the Church in Nigeria. His translation work and passion for emancipation contributed enormously to a movement of liberation, the education of African peoples, development and ultimately, Nigerian independence.
The other candidates nominated are Nina Bawden (Author and Campaigner for Railway Safety); Lieutenant-Commander Roy Sheldrake Kerridge (Royal Naval Reservist who died defusing a bomb in Balls Pond Road); Mary Kingsley (Writer and Explorer); Finsbury Park Empire (Music Hall); The New River; North London Synagogue; Peerless Pool (London's first open air swimming pool); Alan Plater (Playwright and Screenwriter); Mary Tealby (Founder of ‘The Home for Lost and Starving Dogs’\ later becoming as ‘Battersea Cats and Dogs Home’).
You have until 31 July to vote, either online or by collecting a voting card from any Islington Library. The top three nominations will received the People's Plaque. More details of the ten nominations in the shortlist and the online voting form here.