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Britain’s Royal Mail unveils black mailboxes to celebrate Black History month

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |

October 2, 2020 6:44:37 pm


The mailboxes installed to celebrate the black history month will remain in place until the end of October.

British postal service Royal Mail unveiled four black mailboxes to mark the start of Black History month and they honour prominent personalities like Mary Seacole and Sir Lenny Henry.

A picture of comedian Sir Lenny Henry features on a postbox in Belfast. Nursing pioneer Mary Seacole, who cared for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War between 1853 and 1856, features on a mailbox in Cardiff.

A mailbox in Brixton features the painting ‘Queuing at the RA’ by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. A picture of footballer Walter Tull, the first Black player to be signed by the Rangers football club, is on a mailbox in Glasgow.

These versions of the traditional mailboxes are black with gold trim.

Each box also features details about the personality and their work. The boxes also reportedly contain a QR code that will provide a list of other personalities who have featured on stamps.

Black History month first originated in the US and found its way to the UK in 1987. The idea was to highlight and celebrate the lives of prominent Black people.

However, Royal Mail’s attempt received mixed reactions online:

Tyrek Morris, co-founder of the All Black Lives UK, told The Guardian though there was nothing wrong with the post box campaign, firms needed to take more practical action.

The campaign was also ridiculed by comedian Munya Chawawa, in one of his videos.

The special mailboxes will remain in place until the end of October.

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