Wondrous Wander: Old Joe to Harborne via the Story of the 6888th Battalion

Old Joe Clocktower
Tuesday 30 May 2023 (17:00-18:00)

Edward Shelley



07973 865889


Join us for an informative and social commute on foot from Old Joe to Harborne. 

Experts from the Black Heritage Walks Network will be sharing the story of the 6888th battalion, an all-black, all-female US army battalion that was stationed near UoB in the second world war. 

The first battalion of its kind, the 6888 adminstered the US army's postal service. This battalion fought adversity, racism and remarkably sorted out thousands of mail items for servicemen in half the time, using an innovative 24-hour shift system.

Meeting time: 5pm at Old Joe to start walking at ten past. The walk will take approximately 45 minutes so expect to arrive at Harborne just before 6pm. 

If you live locally you can continue to walk home. For those further afield, take the bus for your onward journey, or head to the University train station.

The Black Heritage Walks Network was set up in 2018 to highlight the achievements of the African Caribbean community in the UK. The heritage walks offer a great opportunity to enjoy some exercise and fresh air, while also developing an understanding of local place, and community.

Commuting by foot lets you interact with your surroundings like no other daily journey--you can see the seasons change, cross paths with neighbours, and sense the places and communities you pass. This special event lends a unique opportunity to learn a hidden story near campus and connect with colleagues. 

Places are limited. Please confirm your place by emailing sustainabletravel@contacts.bham.ac.uk (copy and paste to Outlook if link below does not work on your browser).

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 Like this event? On 23 May, join Wondrous Wander: Old Joe to Selly Oak via UoB's Quaker Connections


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