Officials in the British city of Bristol removed a statue of a Black Lives Matter activist that was installed on a plinth once occupied by a statue of a slave trader, Thursday, July 16.
READ MORE: Well-known London artist Marc Quinn created the resin and steel likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the plinth, after demonstrators pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and dumped it in Bristol’s harbor on June 7.
Colston was a trader who made a fortune transporting enslaved Africans across the Atlantic to the Americas on Bristol-based ships. His money funded schools and charities in Bristol, 195 kilometers southwest of London.
The toppling of his statue was part of worldwide protests of racism and slavery sparked by the May death of an African American man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis.