On 22 June 1948, hundreds of Caribbean people were brought to Tilbury Docks, Essex, in the United Kingdom, on the Empire Windrush ship. Records show that the ship was carrying 1,027 passengers.
According to the passenger lists, 802 of those on board the ship gave their last country of residence as somewhere in the Caribbean.
The purpose of Windrush Day is to encourage “communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants,” according to the United Kingdom government.
Windrush Day allows communities up and down the country to recognise and honour the enormous contribution of those who stepped ashore at Tilbury Docks.