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To: Mayor of London, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Museum of London

Remove slave trader Robert Milligan’s statue from West India Quay, Tower Hamlets

Following this successful petition, the statue of Robert Milligan has been removed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-52977088

There's now a new campaign to build a memorial to historic Londoner and Black anti-slave trade activist Olaudah Equiano in its place. Please sign here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/build-a-memorial-for-olaudah-equiano-in-west-india-quay-london?bucket=win

Remove slave trader Robert Milligan’s statue from West India Quay, Tower Hamlets

Remove the statue of Robert Milligan from West India Quay. Identify buildings, streets and statues which commemorates the owners and traders of enslaved people and take appropriate action.

Why is this important?

Robert Milligan (1746-1809) was a leading figure in building the east London docks, in part, to trade in slave-harvested goods from the Caribbean.

Milligan owned 526 slaves who worked at his sugar plantation and much of his wealth was acquired through the trade and exploitation of slaves.

While we as East Enders and Londoners express our solidarity chanting Black Lives Matter, it is painful to walk past a proud statue of Robert Milligan which was erected to commemorate and celebrate his life.

Milligan has no place in London, and he does not deserve the honour of a statue. This should be reserved for those who have fought for equality and social justice this world is desperately crying for.

Following the events in Bristol and to express our solidarity to our black brothers and sisters throughout the world it is only right that we remove the proud statue of Robert Milligan from West India Quay in Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets.

As much as we appreciate the value of history, we should not glorify the enslavement of individuals by displaying a statue of a slave trader. The East End has a proud history of fighting against injustice and inequality. Today it is our duty to remove this symbol which only resonates pain, suffering and inhuman treatments of fellow human beings for profit.

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How it will be delivered

We will stage a press conference and then deliver in person.

London, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • Happy to sign but Bristol knows what to do, get some rope, go to work.
  • Because we shouldn’t celebrate slave traders in a modern and equal society
  • Supporting

Updates

2020-06-10 11:55:57 +0100

Petition is successful with 5,006 signatures

2020-06-10 11:36:09 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-06-08 22:39:16 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-06-08 15:42:56 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-06-08 10:35:36 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-06-08 09:51:13 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-06-08 09:24:17 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-06-08 07:03:55 +0100

10 signatures reached