A tribute to Sir Samuel Lewis, buried in Acton Cemetery, followed by a tour featuring businesses and artists studios in Old Park Royal
Starting at North Acton Square, the group will first walk to Acton Cemetery with a main stop by the grave of an eminent lawyer, Sir Samuel Lewis, the first mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sir Samuel, a son of freed slaves, was the first West African to be knighted.
Thanks to the internet, the organisers have found descendants of Sir Samuel and have invited one of them, Giles Bascho-George , his great great grandson, to join and share his family story.
You will continue the walk through Old Park Royal taking in some local businesses and artists’ studios on the way and allowing for the unexpected.
You will hear the story of the host’s encounter with ‘Mary Seacole’ and her maker, Richard Wilson, at the Excelsior Studios while preparing for a previous tour. Mary Seacole was a Scottish-Jamaican nurse most famous for going to the Crimea during the Crimean War and, under her own funding, looking after injured soldiers.
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