A plaque on a statue can't cover a cruel slave trader’s mass murder. My ancestors deserve better


The statue of the 18th-century plantation owner William Beckford, which stands in Guildhall in London, will be recontextualised rather than permanently removed, says the City of London Corporation. A plaque will be placed alongside the statue explaining its connection to the transatlantic chattel slave trade. To me – a descendant of the people he enslaved – the decision feels…

This story appeared on theguardian.com, 2023-09-19.
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