The Dr George Rice Community Garden Project


6 - 31 October 2022


Dr George Rice was an African-American, born in 1848, who had an extraordinary life. He came to Sutton in the 1880s, where he remained and continued to practice medicine for over 40 years, holding many positions including chief public vaccinator for Sutton, Cheam and Carshalton.


To commemorate Dr Rice, local community group SUTTONfx have led a campaign to develop a community garden in the heart of Sutton. The small garden is next to St Nicholas Churchyard on Gibson Road. The small display presented in the Family History Centre area of Central Library, told the history of Dr Rice and his time in Sutton, whilst also telling the story of the development of the Dr Rice Community Garden.