Africa explorer HM Stanley statue to stay in Denbigh

Africa explorer HM Stanley statue to stay in Denbigh

10/27/2021 10:42:00 PM

Africa explorer HM Stanley statue to stay in Denbigh

Sir Henry Morton Stanley is accused of cruelty and racism during his explorations in the 1800s.

More recently, amid widespread protests from the Black Lives Matter movementin the USA, petitions were drawn up calling for the removal of a statue of Stanley in Denbigh and an obelisk honouring him in nearby St Asaph.The Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, supported its removal, saying

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Stanley had "little respect for the natives of Africa".A ballot on the future of the statue was held between 15 and 16 October, and was only open to residents of the town.A meeting of Denbigh Town Council on Wednesday was told nearly 600 people took part in the vote.

Image source,Image caption,An illustration from the 1870s on Stanley's exploits in AfricaThere were 471 people in favour of keeping the bronze, located outside the town library, while 121 voted for it being removed.Councillor Dyfrig Berry asked if additional interpretation about Stanley's history could be added at the statue site. headtopics.com

"Many people expressed a view that the statue should stay, but that the history of HM Stanley can be discussed," he said.Mr Berry said he would bring forward the proposal to another meeting of the town council.Councillors voted overwhelmingly to support the consultative ballot and backed a motion to keep the Stanley statue on public display, in its current location.

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