Damnation of Memory

12 Jun

Well said, Jason, but I can’t believe you left out the loyal statue of Greyfriars Bobby. 😉

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By Jason Michael

PURE SCENES ON THE STREETS of Bristol at the weekend as Black Lives Matter protesters, after daubing it with graffiti and paint, tore down the bronze statue of Edward Colston at the Guildhall, before unceremoniously dumping it into the River Avon. By early evening on Sunday a counter-protest had gathered at the base of the ‘vandalised’ monument airing its annoyance at those it felt were mindlessly attacking the history and heritage of the city. Edward Colston (1636-1721) was a Tory Member of Parliament, a wealthy merchant, and a philanthropist who gave generously to numerous charitable causes which supported people who shared his political and religious views. Leading men like Edward Colston built Bristol. As a prominent member of the Royal African Company, Colston’s investments transformed Bristol into a hub of international trade; a development which led ultimately to the city becoming an important port in the…

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