Statue of Black Lives Matter Protester Removed By City After Standing for Just 24 Hours | In The News

The statue of a Black Lives Matter activist in the English city of Bristol has been removed just 24 hours after it was put up by a British artist without permission. The figure was meant to replace a statue of a slave trader, one that had stood for 125 years.

The BLM sculpture was made and erected by British artist Marc Quinn and depicts Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid standing with her fist raised. The statue was put in place of the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston, whose statue was knocked down from its place by demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd. Quinn put the statue of Reid called A Surge of Power in place of Colston’s statue early Wednesday morning without the city’s permission. Just one day later, the statue has been removed and placed inside a museum.

The British City Council tweeted about the incident, saying “This morning we removed the sculpture. It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection.”

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