Ref no43514
TitleRecords relating to the family of Kathleen Charles and also Dixie Brown
Date1901-2006
DescriptionThe collection contains digital copies of photographs of the family c.1920s - 2007, civil registration certificates, Dixie Brown's navy identity card, 1918 and news cuttings, stored on DVDs. Please note the digital filename as well as reference number in order to view these images in the searchroom.
LevelCollection
Extent1 box
Administrative historyThe boxer Dixie Brown founded a dynasty of Bristolians of mixed heritage after settling in the city in the early 1920s. He was born Anthony Charles in 1900 in the largely Roman Catholic island of St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean. Like many of his fellow islanders he worked on the Panama Canal before coming to Cardiff in 1919. Dixie Brown became a bare-knuckle fighter in the fairgrounds of the West Country. He married his Welsh wife Lily in 1922 and by 1923 they were living in Bristol. During the 1920s & 1930s Dixie became a registered boxer credited with 85 fights but was never highly paid as there was a colour bar. He was very popular and well-liked so that when he was blinded in a fight a public collection enabled him to visit the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in the hope of effecting a cure. In the late 1930s with their large family of 9 children Dixie & Lily were living in Knowle West where during World War II they played host to may Black GI's. Dixie Brown died in 1957; he is buried at Arnos Vale Bristol.
Access statusOpen
Custodial historyAcquired as part of the Bristol Black Archives Partnership from Kathleen Lemain Mary Charles in 2007
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