Claudia Jones, 1915 – 1964

The grave of Claudia Jones at Highgate Cemetery in London. Jones was buried right next to one of her political heroes the communist thinker Karl Marx.
  • Claudia Jones, was born in Trinidad – in the British West Indies – in February 1915.
  • As a child she migrated with her family to the US, where she became a political activist (she believed in an idea called Communism).
  • Jones was deported (kicked out) of the USA because of her beliefs in 1955 and came to Britain.
  • She then  founded the ‘West Indian Gazette’ in 1958 – the first major Black newspaper in the UK. She also helped organise the first ever Notting Hill Carnival in response to the violence Black people in Britain were facing at the time from racists and the Police.
  • She died in London in 1964.