Colston falling

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On June 7th, 2020, the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol City Centre was pulled down by an anonymous group of Black Lives Matter protestors following a global uprising against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. This article combines a first-person account of the build-up to the statue falling and its aftermath with reflections on some of the broader debates, historical and current, around public monuments, state violence, and collective life.




Choksey, L. (2021). Colston falling. Journal of Historical Geography, 74, 77–83.

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