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Eric Irons Plaque

National Justice Museum, High Pavement, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HN

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Eric Irons

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Eric Irons OBE, Britain’s first black magistrate and well-known campaigner for social justice and workers’ rights in Nottingham’s black community. 

In October 2019 a plaque in his honour was unveiled on the façade of the National Justice Museum, the site of the city’s former Shire Hall courts where Eric Irons presided in the 1960s.

Irons made history in 1962 when he became Britain’s very first black Justice of the Peace (magistrate). As a champion for social justice, Irons also received an OBE in 1978 and continued to serve on the bench in Nottingham for 29 years until retiring in 1991. Eric Irons sadly passed away in August 2007 having paved the way for equality in the city. 

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