The Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, has today launched a campaign to erect a statue of John Archer, London’s very first Black Mayor. He added: “Let’s honour his legacy with more than just a statue, a century on we still need action so we can all enjoy good healthcare, quality of education, equal access to justice, so the statue will be an excellent statement but Battersea remains a divided community.”, He stressed: “Symbolism is important, but local people will continue to judge the council on its actions.”, Pictured above: John Archer, London’s first black mayor, Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ. You can read more about John Archer here. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here. Archer’s achievements are many and various, including successfully campaigning for a minimum wage for council workers, chairing the Pan-African Congress in London and becoming the first president of the African Progress Union. The council plans to contribute an initial donation towards the statue and then seek further contributions from the wider community to help get it built. Sport “I know many people in Battersea and Wandsworth are very proud of John Archer’s contribution to Battersea and London; he was a true pioneer and in time has become one of the earliest role models of black achievement in London. Other dedications to Mr Archer’s achievements are already dotted around the south London borough. MSI Media Ltd is not responsible for the content of external sites. Conservative Cllr, Ravi Govindia said: “John Archer was a true pioneer and one of the earliest role models of black achievement in London. Code of Conduct, Announcements “A suggested legacy of the project could be to support the Royal College of Art to bring more artists of an African Caribbean or African heritage into sculpture work. Your email address will not be published. The council hopes to establish a charitable entity to help with fundraising and oversight of the project, and will agree to pledge £10,000 as seed funding. Cllr Govindia added: “There is a motto attributed to Battersea that reads ‘Not for me, not for thee, but for us’. Mr Archer, who had both Irish and Barbadian heritage, moved to Battersea in the 1890s as a councillor in the Latchmere ward. Camp Lejeune, home base to many of the Marines who saw fierce... Obtenez des photos d'actualité haute résolution de qualité sur Getty Images If you can, please show your appreciation for our free content by donating whatever you think is fair to help keep TLE growing and support real, independent, investigative journalism. 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