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Coloured Men's Institute, 13-15 Tidal Basin Road.
|Coloured Men's Institute, 13-15 Tidal Basin Road.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H4525|
|Description: Kamal Chunchie (1886-1953), a Ceylonese Muslim of Malay origins, came to Britain in 1915 and served in the First World War with the Middlesex Regiment. 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'. Chunchie 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.|
|Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection|