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City of London backs ‘retain and clarify’ for two slavery linked statues

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Representatives of the City of London municipal authority on Thursday voted in favour of retaining of their Guildhall ceremonial residence two statues linked to the transatlantic slave commerce.

Councillors agreed so as to add plaques to statues of former Lord Mayor William Beckford and service provider John Cass to elucidate how they profited from the slave commerce.

Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Alex Richardson

Statue of Sir John Cass is seen in the Guildhall, City of London, Britain September 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Huw Jones

Statue of former twice Lord Mayor of London, William Beckford is seen in the Guildhall, City of London, Britain September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Huw Jones

Statue of Sir John Cass is seen in the Guildhall, City of London, Britain September 30, 2021.  REUTERS/Huw Jones

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