The statue of Colston had stood in Bristol’s metropolis heart since 1895 however had develop into more and more controversial, with petitions created to demand its elimination.
Reviled slave dealer‘
The Museums of Bristol website describes Edward Colston as a “revered philanthropist / reviled slave dealer.” It says he was born within the metropolis in 1636, however spent his working life in London, changing into “an lively member of the governing physique of the RAC (Royal African Company), which traded in enslaved Africans, for 11 years.”
The positioning says Colston gave away most of his fortune to charity with restrictions to make sure beneficiaries matched his non secular affiliations.
In line with native
police, Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol was attended
by an estimated 10,000 folks
“The overwhelming majority of those that got here to voice their issues about racial inequality and injustice did so peacefully and respectfully,” Avon and Somerset police stated.
“Maintaining the general public secure was out biggest precedence and fortunately there have been no situations of dysfunction and no arrests have been made,” police added.