Barbados Removes Lord Nelson Statue – Repeating Islands

Authorities in Barbados on Monday removed the 207 year-old statute of Lord Nelson from its capital, Bridgetown as Prime Minister Mia Mottley underscored the importance of emancipation to Barbados and the Caribbean.

The bronze statue had been erected on March, 22, 1813 in the area known as Trafalgar Square, opposite Parliament Buildings.In July, the Barbados government said it would remove the statue of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson from the National Heroes Square in the heart of the capital, with the Minister with responsibility for culture, John King, saying the Cabinet had agreed to its relocation.

Nelson visited Barbados in 1805 and was considered a hero by locals of the day for his battles against the French who controlled some of the other islands in the Caribbean.

King said the decision to remove the statue was made based on substantial consultations carried out about two decades ago by the National Heroes Square and Development Committee as well as the Committee of National Reconciliation.The call for the removal was also galvanised by the global movement to remove statues of persons many people had considered to be slave owners, human rights violators and symbols of colonialism.

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