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Tuesday 23 January 2018

New Project Launched To Restore Historical Slave Boys Grave In Brighton

Brighton's key figures recently joined a special ceremony to remove a head stone marking the grave of a slave boy who died in Brighton 145 years ago.

Leader of the Council Councillor Warren Morgan joined Brighton & Hove Black History, a local community group, to launch this project in honour of slave boy Thomas M.S. Highflyer.

Thomas M.S. Highflyer was a slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow on 24 August 1866, along with two other boys, by Captain Thomas Malcolm Sabine Pasley of the Royal Navy's East African Anti-Slave Trade Squadron. 

Tom Highflyer was sent to Brighton to be educated and lived at 19 Great College Street, Brighton until his premature death on 20 June 1870, at age 12.

A key part of the project will see Tom Highflyer's original head stone monument removed and then restored, to be returned to its place at Woodvale Cemetery.
Bert Williams MBE President of Brighton & Hove Black History says:
"The Thomas Highflyer project is a very important project for our Black History group to help share the important contribution that Black people have made in Sussex. 

"The story of his life and the unexpected discovery of his headstone is yet another piece of Brighton and Hove"s hidden Black heritage uncovered thanks to our team of volunteers. 

"By restoring Tom's grave, we hope to preserve his story and legacy for generations to come."

The Thomas Highflyer project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and organised by Brighton & Hove Black History in partnership with Brigton & Hove City Council and Woodvale Cemetery.

by: Mike Cobley


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