First black policeman was from Carlisle

"People might not know this but Cumbria has a claim to fame, and that is that the very first black policeman to go on the beat in Britain was called John Kent and he was in Carlisle in the early 19th century. He served in the Carlisle police force in the 1830's.

– Tom Robson, Senior Archivist, Cumbria Archive Centre

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Black history exhibition in Carlisle

An exhibition exploring the contribution black people made to Cumbria's history has gone on display.