Jun 9, 2020
There are mounting calls for statues and monuments to a former slave-trader to be removed in Wales.
Cardiff’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Dan De’Ath has written a letter calling for a statue of the “sadistic” Sir Thomas Picton to be removed from the Marble Hall in Cardiff City Hall.
He is remembered for his role in the Peninsular War and for being the highest ranking officer killed at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. But he also earned the moniker of “Tyrant of Trinidad” after serving as a governor there. He was known for his brutal regime on the island.
The calls come as a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down during racial equality protests in Bristol.