The Mystery Of The Black Boy

Lemn Sissay explores the demise of the Black Boy as a name for a pub. The origins of the term are shrouded in mystery and many stories are in circulation. Some believe that it is connected with the slave trade while others claim its association with coal mining or chimney sweeps. The most likely reason for the Black Boy name turns out to be none other than Charles II, his dark-hued skin and his exile during Cromwell's reign.

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