Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Lord Nelson statue in Barbados to be get a new home with public input

Lord Nelson statue in National Heroes Square formerly Trafalgar Square in Bridgetown,  Barbados. (FILE)

Lord Nelson statue in National Heroes Square formerly Trafalgar Square in Bridgetown, Barbados. (FILE)

After some public ire, the 'Nelson statue' is finally being moved. 

 

Word of this development comes two days before Barbadians commemorate the Day of National Significance on July 26.
 

The announcement came from Minister with responsibility for Culture, John King today (July 24) when he explained that Cabinet had agreed to the relocation of the statue from National Heroes Square in Bridgetown. 

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And while some may be quick to try to attribute this to the public uproar made in the last few months over the statue, the now Minister with responsibility for Culture within the Prime Minister's Office clarified that it came as a result of several previous consultations. 
 

The decision has not yet been made as to where Nelson will go but the Cabinet intends for more public consultations to identify a suitable location for the statue.
 

The official time frame given for the removal and determination of a new location is during the Season of Emancipation, which ends on August 23.
 

The Cabinet is seeking submissions from the public on possible sites for the relocation of the monument, which can be emailed to MCCS@barbados.gov.bb
 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 5.

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