The deposed statue of a seventeenth-century slave trader Edward Coulston will be recovered and placed in a museum after it was Lying in a river In Bristol, England, by protesters on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Bristol City Council announced on Twitter: “The Edward Colston statue will be retrieved from the harbor and displayed with black life banners in one of our museums. They said that the decision on how to use the base would be democratically determined through consultation.
On its website, the council said it had received many ideas on what to follow on the remainder of the base, including another statue of eminent persons in Bristol or rotating art projects.
The council’s website said that Colston’s statue will be displayed in the museum alongside Black Leaves Mater’s banners from the recent protest, “so that the story of the 300-year-old slavery until today’s battle for racial equality can be identified.”
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees also announced the formation of a new committee to examine the “true history” of the city.
“The events of the past few days have really demonstrated that we, as a city, all have a completely different understanding of our past. The only way we can work together about our future is by knowing the truth of our beginnings, embracing the facts, and sharing those stories with others. And Reese said in a statement,” This He is the reason why this committee is so important. “
So far, he said, teaching Bristol’s history was “often flawed.”
Some background: On Sunday, protesters tied Edward Coulston’s bronze statue with a rope before overthrowing a crowd of surrounding crowd. The demonstrators were later seen running the statue to the nearby port and throwing it into the Avon River.
Since the incident that some have praised and denounced by others for what they called the “mob mob”, there has been much controversy over what to do with the statue.
The Colston statue has been standing in downtown Bristol since 1895 but has become increasingly controversial, as petitions have been created to demand its removal.