Campaigners say these UK statues with links to racism and slavery should be removed - see the full list

By Finlay Greig
Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 12:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 12:10 pm
A statue of slave trader Robert Milligan has been removed (Getty Images)
A statue of slave trader Robert Milligan has been removed (Getty Images)

A campaign is calling for the removal of statues, memorials and titles in the United Kingdom which “celebrate racism and slavery”.

The Topple the Racists movement comes in the wake of the forced removal and subsequent disposal of a statue depicting slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol.

Launched in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in the UK by the Stop Trump Coalition, the movement has been launched so that Britain can “finally face the truth about its past – and how it shapes our present.”

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    Sir Francis Drake, Cecil Rhodes and Horatio Nelson are among the names whose presence should be debated according to organisers.

    In Scotland a Henry Dundas statue in Edinburgh and a memorial to slave revolt crusher Henry Moore in Glasgow are also targeted by campaigners.

    Members of the public are being invited to add to the organisation’s map which already features over 50 statues and memorials.

    Action has already been taken by some local authorities to remove statues in the wake of Edward Colston’s removal in Bristol.

    Topple the Racists creators say they take direct inspiration from the action taken in Bristol.

    They say they were “inspired by the direct action taken by Bristolians.”

    They add: “statues are exercises of public adoration. And Edward Colston made his fortune in the slave trade. He was part of a system of mass murder, torture and human suffering.

    “We must learn from, not venerate, this terrible chapter in British colonial history.”

    They say that their aim to “promote debate” and that it is ”up to local communities to decide what statues they want in their local areas.”

    Full list of statues 

    1st Earl Roberts statue, Glasgow

    Admiral Sir Edward Codrington plaque, Brighton

    Beckford School, London

    Blundell House, Liverpool

    Bodmin Beacon, Bodmin

    Captain James Cook statue, Great Ayton

    Cecil Rhodes statue, Oxford

    Charles James Napier, London

    Christopher Columbus statue, Liverpool

    Christopher Columbus, London

    Codrington Library, Oxford

    Codrington library, Oxford

    Colston Girls School, Bristol

    Colston Hall, Bristol

    Colston Road, Mortlake

    Colston Tower, Bristol

    Drax Avenue, Wareham

    Duke of Sutherland statue, Golspie

    Earl Mountbatten statue, London

    Elihu Yale pub, Wrexham

    General Nott, Carmarthen

    Goldsmith University statues of Francis Drake, Robert Blake and Horatio Nelson, London

    Green Man, Ashbourne

    Guy’s Hospital London

    Henry Austin Bruce statue, Cardiff

    HM Stanley Column, St Asaph

    HM Stanley statue, Denbigh

    Henry Dundas statue, Edinburgh

    Henry Havelock statue, London

    James Georg Smith Neill monument, Ayr

    James George Smith Neill Statue, Ayr

    Jan Smuts statue, London

    “Jim Crow” Rock, Argyll

    John Moore statue, Glasgow

    Lendy Memorial Lion, Sunbury-on-Thames

    Leverhulme Memorial, Wirral

    Lord Clyde statue, Glasgow

    Lord Kitchener statue, Chatham

    Lord Robert monument, Glasgow

    Martin’s Bank Slavery Relief, Liverpool

    Nancy Astor statue, Plymouth

    Nelson Monument, Liverpool

    Nelson’s Column, London

    Peel Park, Bradford

    Peel Tower, Bury

    Picton memorial, Carmarthen

    Redvers Buller, Exeter

    Rhodes Art Complex, Hertfordshire

    Rhodes Arts Complex, Hertfordshire

    Rober Baden-Powell, Poole

    Robert Clayton statue, London

    Robert Clive statue, London

    Robert Clive statue, Shrewsbury

    Robert Geffrye statue, London

    Robert Peel Statue, Tamworth

    Robert Peel statue, Birmingham

    Robert Peel statue, Bradford

    Robert Peel statue, Bury

    Robert Peel statue, Glasgow

    Robert Peel statue, Leeds

    Robert Peel statue, Leeds

    Robert Peel statue, Preston

    Robert Peel, Manchester

    Ronald A.Fisher memorial window, Cambridge

    Sir Francis Drake statue, Plymouth

    Sir Henry De la Beche tribute, Imperial College

    Sir Robert Clayton statue, London

    Henry Austin Bruce statue, Cardiff

    Stephen Clark statue, London

    The East India Estate, Croydon

    The Kitchener Memorial, Glasgow

    Thomas Carlyle statue, Glasgow

    Thomas Guy statue, London

    Thomas Phillips statue, Brecon

    Thomas Picton Statue, Cardiff

    William Armstrong memorial, Newcastle

    William Beckford statue, London

    William Ewart Gldstone plaque, Brighton

    William Gladstone statue, Hawarden

    Wills Memorial Building, Bristol