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The National Windrush Monument created by Jamaican artist Basil Watson is unveiled at Waterloo Station in London.

  • Prince William has unveiled a new monument to recognize the “Windrush” generation of Carribbean migrants.
  • A three meter statue was unveiled on Wednesday.
  • It can be found at London’s Waterloo station.

Prince William on Wednesday unveiled a new national monument to the “Windrush” generation of Caribbean migrants who moved to Britain following World War II, praising their “immense contribution” to national life.

The 12-foot (3.65-meter) bronze statue, which depicts a man, woman and child standing on top of suitcases, will greet millions of rail commuters at London’s Waterloo station.

“Over the past seven decades, the Windrush Generation’s role in the fabric of our national life has been immense,” said William.

“Every part of British life is better for the half a million men and women of the Windrush Generation.

“I want to say a profound thank you to every member of that generation, and the generations that have followed,” he added.

The decision to erect a monument followed a scandal that first emerged in 2017 and caused much soul-searching about racism past and present in Britain.

Britains Prince William (3rdL), Duke of Cambridge,

Britains Prince William (third from left), Britains Catherine (second-left), Duchess of Cambridge, Baroness Floella Benjamin (right), Windrush passengers Alford Gardner (center) and John Richards.

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Campaigners revealed that thousands of Britons of Caribbean origin, who arrived legally between 1948 and the early 1970s, had been wrongly detained or deported under the hard hardline immigration policies.

The government then announced that “Windrush Day” would be celebrated each year on June 22, and that it was contributing 1 million ($ 1.22 million) in funding for a national statue.

Jamaican artist Basil Watson was chosen by a Windrush Commemoration Committee from an initial long list of 16 artists to create the work.

Watson said the monument recognized the “dreams and aspirations, courage and dignity, skills and talents” of the Windrush generation.

Britains Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge, spea

Britain’s Catherine (left), Duchess of Cambridge, speaks with Windrush passenger John Richards.

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“My parents, along with a great many others, took the long arduous voyage from the Caribbean with very little or nothing other than their aspirations, their courage and a promise of opportunity for advancement.

“This monument tells that story of hope, determination, a strong belief in selves and a vision for the future,” he added.

Watson’s own parents were members of the Windrush generation and he spent part of his childhood in Britain.

The community is named after the MV Empire Windrush ship, one of the vessels that brought workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and other islands to help fill post-war UK labor shortages during that period.


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