Why was the statue of Edward Colston so controversial?


•Jun 8, 2020

Statues, buildings and streets across the UK commemorate those who may have been philanthropists, but also owned and traded slaves.

Almost 300 years since his death, demonstrators in Bristol have toppled the statue of a wealthy businessman who worked as a slave trader.

Edward Colston’s bronze memorial, situated on Colston Avenue in the city centre, was built to honour one of the “most virtuous and wise sons” of Bristol.

But in recent years, campaigners have expressed anger at the commemoration of a several figures across the UK prominently involved in Britain’s slave-trade past.

So what is the best way of righting historical wrongs

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