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First black mayor Jerry Williams dies at 93

31 August, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Jerry Williams with former MP Frank Dobson

CAMDEN’S first black mayor, Jerry Williams, has died. He was 93.

Mr Williams, who lived in Camden for more than 50 years, worked for British Rail after moving to the borough from Barbados in 1956. He became heavily involved in community campaigning before he was elected as a Labour councillor. Mr Williams was a key figure in turning a patch of bombed-out wasteland in Prince of Wales Road into Talacre Open Space.

He served as mayor between 1988 and 1989.

Full obituary next week

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