Both Brixton Village, formerly known as Granville Arcade, and Market Row are iconic pieces of Black Brixton History but are under threat of losing this connection forever.
In 2010 Brixton Village was awarded awarded listed status because of its ‘historic interest,’ as the English Heritage entry records:
'The well-known Brixton Market complex formed the commercial and social heart of the extensive Afro-Caribbean community that settled in Brixton after WWII.
The successful adoption of the markets is the clearest architectural manifestation of the major wave of immigration that had such an important impact on the cultural and social landscape of post-war Britain, and is thus a site with considerable historical resonance.'
It goes on to state
'By the late 1960s much of this area had become one of the largest and most important sites of Caribbean settlement in the United Kingdom, and word of Brixton's reputation as 'the spiritual home of Caribbeans in Britain'
The markets have always been under threat from development. When the current owners first bought them in 2006 their original intention was to raze the markets to the ground and turn them into luxory flats. A fight by the local residents put a stop to that by having the buildings granted listed status.
11 years down the line and Brixton has changed. As detailed in the Voice newspaper
'black and Asian stall holders as well as their loyal customers who have patronised them since Windrush for Caribbean and African produce, are being systematically pushed out by astronomical commercial and residential property prices. Even spending a day in Brixton is becoming a different and less accessible experience for many who helped put it on the map in terms of culture and fun.'
We want to reverse this trend before it is too late. Theresa May's Disparity Report and the David Lammy's Lammy Review has shown us that as a community the UK has a lot to do eradicate racism, let's start here!
The amount we are raising includes fees such as legal and stamp duty fees.
My Tribe Village, is a community organisation established to support the African diasporic family - including those from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America - by promoting our culture and community and tackling race inequality & discrimination.
We are going through the process of incorporating our organisation into a community benefit society which means we will be owned and managed by our members for the benefit of the wider community.
Find out more at www.mytribe.family