Memorial to Charles Wotten
More than a century after his murder Charles Wotten’s burial in a public grave at Anfield Cemetery, now has a permanent memorial. Charles, a sailor from Bermuda, was killed in the 1919 Liverpool race riots. An Adult Education Centre established in 1974 was given his name. The Charles Wotten Centre became a hub for the Liverpool 8 black community, inspiring a generation of young activists in the fight for equality.
The unveiling took place on 6th June 2023 and was attended by representatives of the Church, National Museums Liverpool, Universities and the L8 community. Many activists associated with the Charles Wotten centre spoke at the event.
The Liverpool Black History Research Group in collaboration with the Liverpool Enslaved Memorial Project funded this lasting memorial which also lists 24 other individuals buried in the same public grave. The grave marker is the first in a series of memorials proposed to highlight the presence and important contribution black people have made to Liverpool’s long history.