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Bob Marley's London House Honored with English Heritage Blue Plaque

Bob Marley’s London House Honored with English Heritage Blue Plaque

Bob Marley. Eddie Mallin [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – Reggae legend Bob Marley has been honored with an English Heritage blue plaque at the London house he lived in with his band the Wailers during the recording of his ground-breaking 1977 album, Exodus. The album included hits such as “Jamming,” “Three Little Birds” and “One Love.”

Rastafarian writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah unveiled the plaque out front of the house which is located at 42 Oakley Street, in Chelsea, on Tuesday.

According to English Heritage, blue plaques commemorate the link between a location and an individual who was regarded as “eminent” in their field. In order to be considered, their achievements should have made an “exceptional impact in terms of public recognition,” and they must have been dead for at least 20 years.

Other musicians to have received the honor include John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and Mozart.

English Heritage reportedly manages more than 400 historic buildings and cultural sites across the country, however, out of more than 900 blue plaques across London, only 4% are reportedly dedicated to black and Asian individuals.

Marley’s plaque arrives after a drive to uncover more addresses of ethnic minority figures.

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