Angell Park and north side of Villa Road, Brixton. These properties in Villa Road were occupied in 1974 by squatters resisting the 'infamous' Brixton Development Plan. In 1978, the council agreed to rehouse those living on the south side and demolition went ahead for an open space. The site was initially called Angell Park, but in 1986 renamed Max Roach Park after an American jazz musician. Although controversial at the time, Sharon Atkins, Lambeth's Amenities Chairwoman, stated the change was seen 'as a mark of respect to the black community' and that it was apt because Roach 'has experienced great personal and professional hardship because of his stand against racial injustice.'From 'As Safe...As Houses', an exhibition on short-life housing in Lambeth put together in 1981 by Julian Quan with photographs by Peter Murphy. Digital image by kind permission of Faith Moore. Ref: D2017/03/1
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