Toppled slave trader statue on show in UK

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The toppled statue of slave trader Edward Colston is to go on public display in the English city of Bristol.

The bronze memorial to the 17th century merchant was pulled down from its plinth during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 7 last year in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in the US.

It was rolled to the harbourside, where it was thrown in the water at Pero's Bridge, named in honour of enslaved man Pero Jones who lived and died in the city.

Days later the statute was recovered from the water by Bristol City Council and put into storage.

It will now go on temporary display at the M Shed museum from June 4 alongside placards used during the protest.

Bristol residents are also being asked by the We Are Bristol History Commission about what should happen next to the statue.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: "June 7 2020 is undoubtedly a significant day in Bristol's history and had a profound impact not just in our city but also across the country and around the world.

"The Colston statue: What next? display at M Shed is a temporary exhibition which aims to start a conversation about our history," Rees said.

"The future of the statue must be decided by the people of Bristol and so I urge everyone to take the opportunity to share their views and help inform future decisions by taking part in the survey."

Feedback from the public survey will inform the History Commission's recommendation on the long-term future of the Colston statue later this year.

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