On Sunday, a group of anti-racism demonstrators in Bristol city, located in south-west England, destroyed the statue of Edward Colton. The incidence was accompanied by joyful scenes in recognition of the fact that he was a notorious slave trader.
Protesters gathered to protest after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody, and they tied ropes to the 5.5-meter bronze statue that had been erected on Colston Avenue since 1895, to pull it down.
Images on social media showed protesters who seemed to be kneeling on the neck of the statue, which stood as a monument to his philanthropic works.
After pulling the statue down, they knelt on it for about 8 minutes, just like how the cop knelt on Floyd on May 25th, resulting in his death even after pleading he is unable to breathe.
The statue was then trolled into the nearby Bristol harbor next to the bridge called Pero’s Bridge, which was named after Pero Jones, a slave that stayed and died in the same Bristol city.
Pero was bought by slave owners in the 18th century at the age of 12.
Images of protesters who harassed the statue of Edward Colston went online and many asked who this guy might be.
Edward Colston was born in 1636. He belonged to one of the wealthy merchant families at the time and became an integral part of England’s only official slave company, the Royal African Company and the Bristol.
The company shipped many Africans across the Atlantic to America during this period.
They bought slaves were mainly to work on the sugar plantations in the Caribbean and to cultivate the tobacco field. Every enslaved person had the company’s identities printed on their chests.
Bristol, as an international port, was the epicenter of the slave trade and profited financially not only from shipbuilders and slave traders but also from merchants like Colston who would participate in the triangular slave journey between England, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
The destroyed bronze memorial statue, which has stood since 1895, received over 11,000 requests for removal. The residents, including the city’s largest community, which hails from the Caribbean, were ashamed of what the statue represents.
Many saw the Colston as a figure of great controversy in Bristol. There was once an attempt to rename Colston Hall, one of the city’s largest music halls, to decolonize the city.
Because of wealth, and some local charities that Colston gave, it resulted in his name bearing on so many public buildings in the city. You would find his name on most of the educational and economic institutions.
Britain officially stopped the slave trade in 1807 through a parliament law, but slavery itself continued in British territory until 1834 when it was finally demolished.
It has been estimated that more than 12 million Africans were shipped to the New World by the same company.it has also been estimated that about two million Africans died on the way.
While the blacks were the main commodity during this inhuman trading, they suffered a lot during the time and some of the reasons why there exist so many blacks in America.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.