Prince Charles paid tribute to the first black woman to become headteacher in Wales

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Prince Charles paid tribute to Betty Campbell MBE, the first black woman to become a headteacher in Wales as a statue in her honour was unveiled in Cardiff.

Betty Campbell was the headteacher of Mount Stuart Primary and “put black culture on the curriculum at her school, championing the nation’s multicultural heritage.”

A striking statue of the trailblazer was revealed in the Welsh capital yesterday (28 September), following her death in 2017, aged 82.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

In a post on the official Clarence House Instagram page, Prince Charles shared photographs of the pair meeting in 1994, during a visit to Betty's primary school in Butetown, Cardiff. He also wrote a personal tribute to the late headteacher, to mark the unveiling of Betty’s statue.

The Prince of Wales said, “I have fond memories of my visit to the St. David’s Day eisteddfod at Mount Stuart Primary School in 1994, when I saw, at first-hand, the immense respect and affection in which Betty Campbell was held by all who knew her.”

He went onto add that her, “hard-earned respect was the result of her determination to overcome any and every obstacle she encountered. In succeeding, against the odds, she became an inspiration to generations of people, of all ages, and all backgrounds, not just in her own beloved city, but in the rest of Wales and beyond.”

Members of the public left comments of support on the post saying the stunning statue was, “Such a fitting tribute to Betty,” with one commenter saying they were, “totally inspired by Betty’s journey... a real lesson for us all.”

Another said, “Rest in peace, Betty Campbell. You are not forgotten.”

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