New Snapchat AR Experience To Bring Untold Stories Of Black Britons To Life

The digital monuments are now live in Trafalgar Square.

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by Lillian Sesiguzel |

Snapchat are keen to keep us learning about Black History, beyond its allocated month of celebration. The ‘Hidden Black Stories’ project, in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives, will unveil hidden stories of Black British and Black people in the UK through Augmented Reality (AR).

With the help of Slavery Rememberance, Black History Walks, Nubian Jak Trust, Mary Seacole Trust and 100 Great Black Britons, each story has been chosen by a panel of experts and can be seen in London's most iconic square.

Four digital monuments can now be seen via Snapchat in Trafalgar Square, including the work of four Black British up and coming artists, a boxing ring to represent brothers Bill Richmond and Tom Molineaux, a Black sailor – in recognition of the integral and unsung role they played and a statue of the revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

Arike Oke, Managing Director, Black Cultural Archives said, 'We are thrilled to be working with Snapchat on such an important initiative. Black British History is full of incredible people and stories that deserve to be told. This Lens is a virtual award of recognition, the second of a series in which Snapchatters will be able to learn about people they may not have heard of or know very little about.'

The AR experience will be permanent so there's plenty of time to go and check it out, encouraging ongoing education and attention on Black British History, not just restricting it to one month.

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