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Plants of Remembrance – 4. Black poppies

Wreaths of black, red, and white poppies placed at the memorial ‘In memory of the service men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who served alongside the forces of the British Commonwealth and other allies during WWI and WWII’, in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth.

It seems that black poppies were first worn in the 1990s to commemorate black and Asian people who had died in war, but they have not become popular.

The wreath of white poppies was laid by the local Green Party, which forms the opposition on the Labour dominated local council.

Photographed 11 November 2019.

Update 2020:  Visited the memorial on 23 November 2020, no black poppies in evidence, most of the wreaths being of standard Royal British Legion red poppies, and one, from the local Green Party, of Peace Pledge Union white poppies and ivy.

Updated 23 November 2020.

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