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Acts of Achievement:
Salford & Old Trafford

There are 11 Stops on the Salford & Old Trafford Black History Trail
Ordsall Hall/Salford Cathedral
Salford Dock & Quays & Lowry Walkway Manchester United Football Club Zion Park Black Health Agency Ishango House - After School Science and Technology Club Shrewsbury Street Brooks Bar
Stamford St
Ayres Road
Lancashire Cricket Club
Trafford Park
1 : Ordsall Hall/Salford Cathedral
Black settlement, made up mainly of men, was to contribute to British Trade in a different way from captive slavery, as more and more free men sought work as Dockers. Across from the cathedral, approximately where the railings are, men of all nationalities, desperate for employment would wait each morning for the tokens that would be thrown into the crowd to signify they had work at the docks for that day.

A large number of sailors of African or African-Caribbean extraction were in the merchant marines, and much later the Royal Navy, and in the dubious fringe of licensed privateers (quasi-official pirates). It has been suggested that in the eighteenth century as many as a quarter of 'British' sailors were Black, but most authors think that is an exaggeration. Nevertheless, there is plenty of documented and pictorial evidence of Black sailors' presence on British ships, even paintings showing them manning the guns at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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2 : Salford Dock & Quays & Lowry Walkway
The building of the Salford and Manchester Ship Canal was a determined effort to reap some of the profits that Liverpool was monopolising in the North. This meant digging out a 14-mile channel into the man- made docks.

To cover the costs, each household was asked to make a penny donation. Labour teams from Ireland, Europe, and India accomplished the final build. The Lascar seamen who started to arrive in the 18th century were just one group amongst the multinationals that helped to build this historic site.

Lowry Walkway
On the walkway starting at the Bandstand travelling towards the Lowry Arts Centre there are a series of poetry plaques written by SuAndi to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the docks.


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3 : Trafford Park
The increasing trade opportunities that the docks provided resulted in the development of Trafford Park, in its heyday a city unto itself. The sound of the factory sirens at the start and end of each day could be heard across the cities of Manchester and Salford.

It not only had its own worker’s bus service for the workers, but trains ran along its streets and some of the tracks are still visible today.

The earned income, wages and profits from Europe’s largest industrial estate for more than half of the twentieth century, would have been considerably lower without the labour supplied by workers from the Caribbean and Africa who made a major contribution to various a huge role in different industries and commercial interests
Contrary to general belief the Black workforce went beyond manual labour. There were hundreds of skilled tradesmen and engineers Black workers were engineers in companies that made arms and military goods, aeroplanes, pharmaceuticals, instruments, transportation and many other, trained and recruited from Africa and the Caribbean.

Last in, First out. Black employees were the first to feel the blow of unemployment brought on by the dispersal of companies to other areas and regions. Much Black employment was lost very quickly in these areas when a large number of companies began moving their production work outside the UK.

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4 : Manchester United Football Club
Manchester United is one of the world largest and richest football clubs, and Black players have contributed significantly to its sporting success over the last forty years.

When they won the treble in 1999 their two main strikers were Black players Dwight York from Trinidad and Tobago, and Andy Cole, British with Caribbean parents. The club’s first black player was Remi Moses, signed in 1981.

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5 : Lancashire Cricket Club
The home of the North West Cricketing grounds where West Indian cricketers have made an invaluable contribution in all major domestic competitions. A number of cricketers from various islands have played for Lancashire and excelled.

Clive Lloyd, one of the West Indies’ most successful captains and cricketers, played for this club and also served as their captain for many years.

The former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has also represented Lancashire at Old Trafford

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6 : Zion Park Black Health Agency
Black Health Agency (formerly BHAF) was established in 1990 as a response to the lack of service provision to Black communities related to HIV / AIDS.

In recent years, the agency has widened its remit to incorporate a broader range of health services for Black African, Caribbean, South and South East Asian communities.
7 : Ishango House - After School Science and Technology Club
Manchester’s first after- school club, which specialises in teaching and raising the achievement of Black children in Science and Technology in the UK, began at number 448.

The African Caribbean Network for Science and Technology established this Club in 1997 and ran very successfully for five years in Manchester. The Network also established similar Clubs in Liverpool, London, Birmingham, and Nottingham.

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8 : Shrewsbury Street
Dominated by a number of independent businesses including food, dry goods, green grocery, fashion, and legal representation.

There is also an all- girls school for Black Muslims.
9 : Stamford Street
Similar to Shrewsbury Street.
10 : Ayres Road
Similar to Shrewsbury Street and Stamford Street but with a larger number of commercial sectors represented.

St John's Church has maintained a large Caribbean congregation for many years.
11 : Brooks Bar
This road junction represents an opportunity for interaction with businesses from three diverse communities, each with a large black population. Moss Side, Old Trafford and Hulme.

The predominant Black operated businesses here include food and drink, fashion and travel. There are also churches which have very strong Black congregations
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