Former Councillor to be honoured with a city-centre statue


A former Cardiff Councillor has won BBC Wales' "Hidden Heroines" online poll and will be honoured with a statue in the city's Central Square. 

Betty Campbell, a former Councillor for the Butetown ward, was Wales' first black headteacher and worked tirelessly to champion the city's multicultural heritage. Betty was also a member of the Commission for Racial Equality and one of the pioneers behind Black History Month.

Betty Campbell was headteacher at Mount Stuart Primary School and represented Butetown residents as Councillor from 1999 until 2004. In 1998 in recognition of her work for racial equality Betty met Nelson Mandela during the South African President's only visit to Wales.

Leader of Cardiff Council, Councillor Huw Thomas said: "I am delighted that Betty Campbell has won BBC Wales' Welsh heroine poll. It's so fitting that the vote was won by a daughter of Tiger Bay, the nation's first black headteacher, and a former County Councillor as well. Betty worked tirelessly over the decades educating the children of Butetown, and helping build a society that offered the best possible opportunity to people, regardless of background. As a figure that still inspires people today, I can't think of a better person to be honoured with a statue in the middle of the city that she did so much for."  

Director ofBBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies said: "We're delighted by the terrific response to the Hidden Heroines series. The whole project has been a unique chance to celebrate five extraordinary Welsh lives - and their rich contribution to the world."

The other nominees shortlisted were  Elizabeth Andrews, Sarah Jane Rees (Cranogwen), Elaine Morgan and Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda).

Betty Campbell passed away in 2017 at the age of 82.