Legendary Leeds coach included in iconic Tube map to celebrate Black History Month

Roy Francis pictured on the left coaching his Leeds team at Headingley

A Tube map celebrating Black History Month has been issued by Transport for London (TfL) and includes legendary former Leeds Rugby League coach Roy Francis.

Station names have been replaced on the map with names of 272 notable black people, while Tube lines have also been renamed to link them by common themes.

The map has been released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Black Cultural Archives.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Black History is London’s history.”

He added: “This reimagination of the iconic Tube map celebrates the enormous contribution black people have made, and continue to make, to the success of our city.

“I’m determined to create a more equal city where black lives truly matter. This starts with education and that’s why this new Black History Tube Map is so important.”

The names of Tube lines have also been renamed to link them by common themes; the Bakerloo line represents sport, Central line the arts, Metropolitan line Physicians and Jubilee line LGBT+.

Francis features on the Bakerloo Line along with other Cec Thompson, the former Hunslet and Workington star, whilst legendary Great Britain skipper Clive Sullivan is on the Trailblazers line as the first black captain of any British national sports team.

The map was researched and designed by historian Kelly Foster and the Black Cultural Archives, which were established in 1981 to record the histories of people from across the African diaspora in British culture and history.

Arike Oke, managing director of the archives, said: “London’s black history is deeply embedded in its streets and neighbourhoods. 

“We hope the map will be an invitation to find out more and to explore.”

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