John Barbour-James

(1867—1954) colonial official and author

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(1867–1954). Civil servant and author born in British Guiana (now Guyana). He became postmaster at Victoria-Belfield in the 1890s, where he organized a black self-help group with social and agricultural ambitions. He transferred to the Gold Coast (now Ghana) Post Office in 1902. With his wife, Caroline, and five children he settled in Acton, west London. Three more children were born, but five (and their mother) were dead by 1919, and in 1920, in London, he married Edith Goring (who was born in Barbados and had taught in the Gold Coast, 1906–20).


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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