Mangrove Restaurant

Mangrove Restaurant

The location of the Mangrove restaurant.

Location: 8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, W11 1HA

Description: In March 1968, Frank Crichlow opened the Mangrove Restaurant here and it quickly became a popular late-night hot spot where locals, black intellectuals, and artists mixed. The experience blended Mangrove's music, dancing, and West Indian cuisine.

Visitors included Jimi Hendrix, Vanessa Redgrave, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr., and Diana Ross.

The police, however, looked with suspicion and directed a campaign of harassment, raiding the restaurant on 12 occasions between January 1969 and July 1970.

Patrons convened the Action Committee for the Defence of the Mangrove, including Crichlow and barrister Anthony Mohipp (secretary of the Black Improvement Organization).

On August 9th 1970, they organised a 150-strong march to the local police station, only to be met by the Met Polices new unit Black Power Desk. Infamous clashes followed.

Facing charges of incitement to riot, Barbara Beese, Rupert Boyce, Frank Crichlow, Rhodan Gordon, Darcus Howe, Anthony Innis, Althea Jones-LeCointe, Rothwell Kentish, and Godfrey Millett became known infamously as the Mangrove Nine.

Initially the case was thrown out, but, in an unorthodox move, the director of public prosecutions reinstated the charges. The nine were rearrested in dawn raids and the trial lasted 55 days but all nine were acquitted of the most serious charges.

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Mangrove Restaurant

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