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Alan Rice

Dr Alan Rice is Reader in American Cultural Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. His letter, about ‘Black [British] navy history’ appared in the Guardian, Thursday 27 May 2010, p.41.

Rice’s letter was prompted by the Guardian’s coverage, earlier that week, of Yinka Shonibare’s fourth plinth sculpture.

“It is tremendous that there is now such an extravagantly rigged memorial to Britain’s multicultural presence in Trafalgar Square, in Yinka Shonibare’s HMS Victory in a bottle (Report, 25 May). In all the commentary on the memorial, however, its full historical resonances have been missed.”

Rice goes on to briefly reference aspects of Black British naval history.

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Letter relating to an individual, 2010