Toppling of Edward Colston statue was ‘public art’ and a ‘pageant’, historian claims


The toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston during Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 was a form of ‘pageant’ and ‘public art’, a historian behind a ‘hatchet job’ Churchill biopic has claimed.

The statue was pulled down in Bristol during a wave of protests across the world following the murder of black man George Floyd in the US.

After being toppled, the figure of Colston was daubed with red paint, rolled through the streets and then pushed into the Bristol’s docks.

Colston had…



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