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Oscar Wilde Rainbow plaque unveiled at Clapham Junction Station

Oscar Wilde Rainbow plaque unveiled at Clapham Junction Station

A permanent rainbow plaque commemorating Oscar Wilde was unveiled today on platform 10 at Clapham Junction station, a project organised by @LGBTQ Wandsworth and Studio Voltaire. The first of it's kind in London, the plaque marks the occasion on which Wilde was subjected to homophobic abuse on the centre platform of the station whilst being transported from Wandsworth Prison to Reading Gaol. The idea for the campaign was conceived by Wandsworth LGBTQ during a screening of Rupert Everett's 'The Happy Prince', which depicts the incident in question. David Robson, chair of wandsworthlgbtq said: "As a community forum we felt we had to respond to this historical wrong. The Rainbow Plaque is a wonderful scheme through which we can use culture to make our hidden histories (good and bad) visible." The Clapham Junction station manager described the plaque as a permanent reminder that homophobic abuse of any kind will not be tolerated on any form of transport.  The plaque was unveiled by The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Jane Cooper. Oscar Wilde plaque at Clapham Junction Station

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