Four red post boxes have been painted black to honor black Britons.
Royal Mail said that they painted four iconic red post boxes black in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, and Belfast as part of black history month in October. Postboxes have been painted to honor black Britons, including Sir Lenny Henry and 19th-century nursing pioneer Mary Seacole.
According to Royal Mail, each box names a notable figure. A QR code on the boxes can be scanned to bring up a list of all black Britons who were on the special stamps over the year.
The London box is in Acre Lane, Brixton features the image “Queuing at the RA” by Yinka Shonibare. Shonibare was one of six artists who was appointed by the Royal Mail to produce artwork for the special stamps to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy (RA). On which Shonibare said that as a commonwealth citizen, it is important to be making visible contributions in historic public spaces.
Glasgow Post box has the picture of Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, who was the first black player to sign for rangers and also the first black infantry officer to serve in a British Army.
Sir Lenny Henry is honored in Belfast, who is a stand-up comedian, actor, singer, writer, presenter, and co-founder of Comic Relief Charity.
Mary Seacole featured on the Cardiff postbox, who nursed wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War and built a place for them recuperate, known as a British Hotel.
Peter De Norville, Royal Mail’s head of diversity and inclusion, said that black history month is a great opportunity to celebrate the contributions our black people have made for this country and for the generations to come. He said the aim is to help people to observe the success of black Britons.