A tale of two statues

Historian article

Dave Martin, last updated: 7th August 2017

Rhodes Must Fall yet Gordon is repaired?

Dave Martin relates how the statue of one of our imperial ‘heroes’ prompted a campaign to have it taken down while the statue of another imperial ‘hero’ prompted a fund-raising campaign for its repair.

As the tide of Empire ebbed across the globe vestiges of British rule remained, some great, some small. Among these were a couple of statues of imperial heroes, Cecil John Rhodes in South Africa and Charles George Gordon in the Sudan. What has happened to them since illustrates some of the issues Britain and its former colonies had, and still have, to negotiate...

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