Paul Downing

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Caroline Brogden / Paul Downing
Paul Downing also known as Caroline Brogden (died 1906) was an African American woman from Georgia, USA, who lived in England for several years as a man. In 1905 Downing was found running after buses on Blackfriars Bridge, "looking for his wife". He had worked as a sailor, travelling across the USA, France, Spain and Belgium and had most recently been working as a farm labourer in Kent. He was arrested, found to be a woman, and sent to the City of London Asylum at Stone, near Dartford, dying there a year later.[1]


  1. Caroline Bressey, "The City of Others: Photographs from the City of London Asylum Archive". Accessed: 2015-12-06. (Archived by WebCite® at