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Take down Nelson statue

lordnelsonThere’s been yet another appeal to Government to remove Lord Nelson’s statue from National Heroes’ Square in Bridgetown.

The latest call came this morning from Public Relations Officer of the Pan African Coalition of Organisations, John Howell, during a news briefing to announce their plans for the August 1 Emancipation Day celebrations.

“I would like to again call for the removal of Lord Nelson from our Heroes’ Square, and that our heroes be placed in that square, so we can continue with some level of dignity [for] African people who have suffered, who now enjoy some luxuries because of the other that have suffered,” Howell asserted.

He argued that Heroes’ Square should reflect those who are true heroes of the nation.

Secretary of PACO, David Denny, also reiterated earlier calls for the removal of Nelson’s statue. Denny said formal representation for its removal had been made as recently as last year.

“Last year, … after the Emancipation Day activity, a letter was sent off to the Government of Barbados, asking for the removal of Lord Nelson from our National Heroes’ Square,” recalled the Pan Africanist.

He observed that even on the 26th day of this month, they made a similar call to take down Nelson.

“We see it as an insult, because Lord Nelson represented a case against the abolition of slavery, and Lord Nelson fought a battle against (William) Wilberforce; and because of all of that, to me it is an insult for us to mount someone who represents slavery in our National Heroes’ Square, and for us to refuse to honour, at least, one of our national heroes and to put them in our National Heroes’ Square,” Denny added.

He was of the opinion that if a country had a national heroes square, it should be for true national heroes and not just a token name. He said he felt it should be somewhere that is respected and honoured. (EJ)

4 Responses to Take down Nelson statue

  1. Patrick Blackman July 31, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Why are you people so stupid, taking down the statute will do nothing. It is part of our history and should stand. So now you are going to remove everything from history and rewrite it to suit your agenda. Leave the dam thing alone and start concentrating on issues that enhance our economy you fools.

  2. Jim Lynch July 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    If Barbadians want to disregard history, then by all means pull down Nelson – but let’s have a balanced action: Make sure you pull down Bussa at the same time, because removing Nelson is to deny that our current way of life was facilitated in any way by his own life and death fighting the other nations taking and losing the islands around us, and Bussa just existed and struggled like everyone else. If you want to throw away history, then take it ALL down, not just the little pieces that suit you. Take down the other historical monuments War Memorial as well – to you it means nothing, just a bunch of white people fighting far away (never mind the German torpedo that sunk a ship in Carlisle Bay), and the fact that if the Allies had lost Barbados would now be German and the people damned well doing as they were told (or be shot). ** Nelson’s wife was from Nevis, by the way – so there is a regional connection.

  3. Sandra July 31, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    If these figures meant nothing, imperial, colonial powers would not go to lengths to erect statues and place them perpetually in their history books. It means something and does something for the population that he represents. They internalize these symbols of power, military might and superiority.

    I think the issue is Nelson’s location in the heart of Bridgetown, which in Little England, was perfectly situated. The question is, who do you believe we are without Lord Nelson? If taking the statue down will do nothing, why keep it up?

    History can be exhibited in Museums and other spaces, no?

  4. Stephen Marcus George September 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Take hime down been saying that for years , he should have been down since we came into independence .Take the slave master down!


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