Toppled statue of English slave trader to be moved to a museum

by Reuters
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 13:24 GMT

The statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston falls into the water after protesters pulled it down and pushed into the docks, during a protest against racial inequality in Bristol, Britain, June 7, 2020. Picture taken June 7, 2020. Keir Gravil via REUTERS

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The slave trader's statue will be retrieved from the harbour and used to educate Britons on the country's imperial past

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) - A toppled statue of a 17th Century English slave trader will be retrieved from the harbour and exhibited in a museum, Bristol City Council said on Wednesday.

Anti-racism protesters pulled down the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol on Sunday and threw it into the harbour, triggering a debate about Britain's imperial past.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said Colston's statue would be retrieved and displayed alongside Black Lives Matter placards from the recent protest so the 300 year story of slavery and the fight for racial equality could be better understood.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton)