Amy Barbour-James(1906-1988), Daughter of John Alexander Barbour-James
Sitter in 1 portrait
Amy was born in London in 1906, she was one of 8 children born to parents John and Caroline. The family relocated to London from British Guiana (present-day Guyana) in 1905, while her father worked his way up the ranks in the postal services in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), spending his time on leave in London. Perhaps inspired by her father who after retirement worked on several projects to promote British understanding of black achievements and capacities, Amy joined the civil service and was active in the League of Coloured Peoples (LCP) and other campaigns throughout her life. She became the LCP's secretary in 1942, a significant achievement for a woman at the time.