Ten Ethiopianism Pilgrimage Sites in London
— Traditionally, Emperors of Ethiopia were crowned in Aksum or Gondar. But Prince Asfaw Wossen, the eldest son of Emperor Haile Selassie, was crowned Emperor-in-exile in London in April 1989.
— There is an Emperor Haile Selassie bust at Cannizaro Park on Wimbleton Common in London. Emperor Selassie visited Wimbleton during his exile, and the bust was made by the Emperor’s hostess Hilda Seligmam. The bust was donated to the community after her death in 1955, and recently the bust was restored.
— It is said London made Marcus Garvey, and it later broke him. Garvey would inspire millions of people with his fiery speeches that longed for a return to the God of Ethiopia, becoming Jamaica’s first national hero. Garvey arrived in London in 1912. One of his early residences was at 176 Borough High Street. It was in London Garvey died, and because during the war, he was buried in London until later exhumed and returned to Jamaica.
— An hour west outside of London, at St. George’s chapel of Windsor Castle, you can find the grave of the son of Emperor Tewodros II, Prince Alemayehu. Prince Alemayehu was brought back to England following the Napier Expedition. Described as lonely, Prince Alemayehu died at age 18 on November 1879.
— Dr. Johnson’s House, just off Fleet street, is the home of eighteenth-century genius Samuel Johnson, author of the philosophical “History of Rasselas, Prince of Abssyinia”. The book, described as an “apologue about happiness”, was penned inside and published in 1759.
— There is an Abyssinia Road in the London Borough of Wandsworth, but its a tiny residential street.
— There are many Ethiopian historical artifacts and artworks at the British Museum of London, including the painting “the court of judgement of Tewodros II, by an unknown Ethiopian artist believed produced between 1920-1950. Many of these artifacts were either plundered or removed unceremoniously,and Ethiopia has requested their return. Visit britishmuseum. org and search Ethiopia.
— Inside the National Army Museum in London you can find the 1868 Senafe painting, by Lieutenant Cornelius Francis James, of the Bombay Staff Corps. This landscape was painted during the British Expedition to Magdala.
— Resting at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the 18 carot gold royal crown of Tewodros II. This was one of many priceless artifacts British forces looted during the 1868 Napier Expedition.
— There are at least 25 Ethiopian restaurants around London baring the traditional names: Lalibela, Axum, Marathon, and the Blue Nile. But one I would insist on that sounds most amusingly British is the Peacock Ethiopian Restaurant at 107 Uxbridge.