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UNITED STATES | Black troops were welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow wasn’t: the race riot of one night in June 1943

Bullet holes found in the wood surrounds of the NatWest Bank in Bamber Bridge, in Lancashire in the north of England, in the late 1980s led to the rediscovery of an event that saw some of the few shots fired in anger in England during World War II, which had been largely forgotten. These were not shots fired by invading troops, but by American GIs against their own military police.

UNITED STATES | Black troops were welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow wasn’t: the race riot of one night in June 1943

JAMAICA | That slave massacre at Lima, Adelphi, St James in 1832

AFTER the December 27 Sam Sharpe War of 1831-32, over 200 black people, all slaves — women and men — were rounded up by the British Militia and shot in cold blood in the square at Lima, near Adelphi in St James. No other bloodshed in both the colonial and modern history of Jamaica ever came close to the 'Infamy at Lima' — the official name given by regional archivist for the Anglophone Caribbean, Clinton V Black (not his real name), to that numbing experiential page in the history of western Jamaica in particular.

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