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Oxford Inscriptions: Christian Cole


Christ Church sword

CHRISTIAN COLE (D. 1885)

THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN TO BE AWARDED AN
OXFORD DEGREE AND TO PRACTISE LAW IN
AN ENGLISH COURT WAS MADE A MEMBER OF
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OXFORD IN 1877.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OXFORD          BLACK OXFORD UNTOLD STORIES

This plaque was unveiled in Logic Lane, Oxford on 14 October 2017.

Christian Frederick Cole was born in Sierra Leone in 1852.

In 1873 he enrolled at University College as a non-collegiate student. His entry in Alumni Oxonienses reads:

Cole, Christian Frederick, 2s. James of Waterloo, Sierra Leone, cler. NON-COLL., matric. 19 April 1873, aged 21; .A. 1876, bar.-at-law, Inner Temple 18 April 1883. See Foster's Men at the Bar.

He read for an Honours degree in Classics, achieving a Fourth in 1876. He was called to the Bar in 1883.

He died of smallpox in Zanzibar in 1885 at the age of 33.

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013