We were delighted when Neandra Etienne curated an exhibition “Newham’s black footballers through the years” in the Canning Gallery, Canning Town (London Borough of Newham) running through October.
Naturally Jack Leslie, born in Canning Town 1901 and later living in East Ham, featured heavily!
Neandra has also commissioned a blue plaque, displayed in the exhibition, later to go on the exterior wall of the house where Jack lived. The unveiling is scheduled for November 2021.
Jack took centre stage for an event on Monday 18th October, when Campaign co-founders Greg and Matt told Jack’s story, and were joined by sculptor Andy Edwards, soon to start work on Jack’s statue.
Meeting them for the first time in person were Jack’s grand-daughters, who visited London for the talk and to see the exhibition.
Lyn shared the memories of Grandad Jack (see here for the text)
This was one of a series of talks organised by Neandra- see here for details of other events: https://newhamvoices.co.uk/talk-events-newhams-black-football-players-through-the-years/
This was also one of many events the Jack Leslie Campaign participated in for black history month 2021- read more here: https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/jack-leslie-campaign-black-history-month-2021/
West Ham TV were present, and filmed part of the event- see their piece here: https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2021/october/25-october/jack-leslie-east-londoner-who-should-have-been-englands-first