UK slave trader statue replaced by protester sculpture

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – A statue of a slave trader removed by anti-racism protesters in Britain last month was replaced yesterday – without permission – with a sculpture of a black woman who helped pull it down.

The new statue, showing Black Lives Matter (BLM) protester Jen Reid with her fist raised, occupies the plinth where the Edward Colston likeness stood before crowds threw it into Bristol harbour in southwest England. Entitled ‘A Surge of Power by artist Marc Quinn, the statue was put in place early yesterday without the knowledge of Bristol City Council.

Reid was at the early morning unveiling and told The Guardian newspaper that it was “just incredible”.

“This is going to continue the conversation. I can’t see it coming down in a hurry,” she said.

Jen Reid in front of the new black resin and steel statue portraying her in Bristol, England. PHOTO: AP