A bronze memorial to Edward Colston, a Seventeenth-century slave dealer, had stood on a plinth in Bristol metropolis centre for greater than 100 years earlier than it was toppled and rolled into the close by harbour.
Following the toppling the statue had been on show on the M Shed museum in Bristol alongside a number of placards from the protest. Final week it was moved right into a storage room and is just accessible to see as a part of a behind the scenes tour of the museum.
A museum worker advised the Telegraph the exhibition was non permanent and a Bristol Council spokesperson mentioned a neighborhood historical past fee continues to be deciding the way forward for the statue after surveying residents.
The mayor mentioned he needed to ship “actual, substantial systemic change” for the individuals of Bristol and that meant specializing in problems with housing, schooling and employment over “symbolic acts”.
The not responsible verdicts have sparked some controversy. Lawyer Basic Suella Braverman mentioned it had brought on “confusion”, and he or she was “fastidiously contemplating” whether or not to make use of powers which permit her to hunt a evaluate on particular factors of regulation.
Verdict ‘much less vital’ for metropolis than for defendants
Mr Rees, the primary black mayor elected within the UK, mentioned the acquittals had been “much less vital” for the town than for the defendants.
“Within the lives of the 4 people it’s extremely vital as a result of their futures confronted a little bit of a fork within the street in some methods,” he mentioned.
“For the work on race inequality in Bristol way more broadly, it’s much less vital as a result of once we’re tackling race inequality, we’re these underlying drivers of political and financial inequality.
“The decision itself doesn’t really contact on these very actual and quick points.”