George Barnsby 'a local legend who did so much for Black Country', has sadly died - see below for a letter to the Morning Star:
I was saddened to hear of the death of our great friend George Barnsby. He was a lifelong communist and an important historian of the working-class movement in the Black Country.
All his life he was a socialist, historian, teacher and profound anti-racist. He wrote over 30 histories and pamphlets on the radical and socialist history of Birmingham and the Black Country from his adopted home of Wolverhampton.
As a Black Country bloke in the words of EP Thomson he rescued my working-class history from "the enormous condescension of posterity." George also worked hard for racial equality and in a town that was the political home of Enoch Powell this was no small challenge.
He made a huge contribution to the understanding of the early working-class movement in our region from the Owenites and Chartists right through to modern political parties, trade unions and co-operative societies.
He will be greatly missed by his comrades and friends. Deepest condolences to his wife Esme and his two sons, William and Robert and all his family.
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