Edward Colston—Bristol, England

Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol, England, and escorted to the bottom of the river Avon.

The statue of the prolific slave trader who was enriched by selling over 80,000 enslaved people was torn down by the people during the Uprising of 2020.1 2

The statue, which had previously been “recontextualized,"3 was torn down and rolled to the nearby harbor of the river Avon, and unceremoniously pitched therein.4


  1. Who was Colston? ↩︎

  2. Wikipedia: Edward Colston ↩︎

  3. The wording of second plaque proposed for Edward Colston statue linking him to 20,000 deaths ↩︎

  4. British Protesters Throw Statue of Slave Trader Into Bristol Harbor ↩︎

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