Who was Elisabeth Welch? Kensington and Chelsea history

She is only the second black woman to be commemorated with a blue plaque in London. Find out more here:

Elisabeth Welch, a pioneer and a trailblazer for Black women in the UK.

The American born songstress and entertainer began making her mark in the US with performances in African American broadway theatre shows.

She contributed to the popular dance “the Charleston”, later performed by fellow icon Josephine Baker.

Elisabeth continued to leave her mark around the globe and it was in the UK she settled and became a trailblazer for black women everywhere.


Her legacy is commemorated at her flat in Ovington Court, Chelsea.

Why not check out her blue plaque for yourself! Her plaque can be found at

Ovington Court, Ovington Gardens, off Brompton Road, Kensington, London SW5 1LB,

By Folayemi Olorunselu


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