Colston's Girls' School in Bristol to keep slaver's name

A ladies’ faculty named after a 17th Century slave dealer is not going to change its identify.

Colston’s Women’ Faculty (CGS), in Bristol, mentioned in a letter to parents it was “not applicable” to take away service provider Edward Colston’s identify.

It comes after music venue, Colston Corridor, mentioned it will drop the “toxic” name in 2020 and Colston’s Primary mentioned it will seek the advice of pupils and oldsters.

CGS mentioned it “existed as we speak due to the monetary endowment” from Colston.

It informed dad and mom it had thought-about the suggestion to rename the varsity and had “listened rigorously to views on either side”.

The letter additionally mentioned: “We see no profit in denying the varsity’s monetary origin and obscuring historical past itself.

“On the contrary, by enabling our college students to have interaction thoughtfully with our previous, we proceed to encourage them to ask questions on present-day ethical values and to face up for what they imagine is correct,” the varsity mentioned.

Who was Edward Colston?

  • Colston was born right into a affluent Bristol product owner’s household and, though he lived in London for a few years, was at all times carefully related to the town
  • By 1672, he had his personal enterprise within the capital buying and selling in slaves, material, wine and sugar. A big proportion of Colston’s wealth got here straight or not directly from the slave commerce
  • In 1680, he turned an official of the Royal African Firm, which on the time held the monopoly in Britain on slave buying and selling
  • He donated to church buildings and hospitals in Bristol, additionally founding two almshouses and a faculty
  • Colston additionally lent cash to the Bristol company and was a metropolis MP for a short while
  • The bronze statue commemorating Colston within the metropolis of his start has an inscription on it which reads: “Erected by residents of Bristol as a memorial of one of the virtuous and sensible sons of their metropolis”. There isn’t any point out of his function within the slave commerce

Supply: BBC Historical past/Nigel Pocock

Revealed at Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:38:52 +0000