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Coloured Men's Institute.

Coloured Men's Institute.
Coloured Men's Institute.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4524
Description: This Institute was located on 13-15 Tidal Basin Road, Silvertown. Kamal Chuncie (1886-1953), a Ceylonese Muslim of Malay origins, came to Britain in 1915 and served in the First World War. During the war he converted to Methodism. In 1926, appalled by the poverty and discrimination he saw among the Black and Asian seamen and their families, he established the Coloured Men's Institute, which 'served as a religious, social and welfare centre for Black and Asian peoples in East London'. Chuncie aimed to support the men facing discrimination, especially following racist legislation such as the Coloured Alien Seamen's Order (1925). His reports on his work in the Seamen's Rest are an invaluable historical source on the lives and struggles of Black sailors.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1920
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection
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