The first carnival organised by and for the black community in London was held in 1959. A precursor to today's annual Notting Hill Carnival in London, it was initiated by Claudia Jones, who published and edited 'The West Indian Gazette'. She organised six carnivals and did much to boost the morale of the growing West Indian community in the country before her untimely death on 25th December,1964. This picture shows rehearsals in progress with the West Indian choreographer, Stanley Jack, instructing the performers.Copyright held by donor.
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