During BLM protests, the statue of Sir Henry Morton Stanley was put up for a vote on whether or not it should be toppled.
Following the Black Lives Matter rallies, neighbors are expected to hold a two-day public vote to remove a statue of a Victorian explorer.
Sir Henry Morton Stanley’s bronze bust has been in his Welsh home of Denbigh for a decade, well remembered for the famous line “Dr Livingstone, I presume?” The statue, however, could be demolished in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter rallies.
Locals will vote on whether the statue honoring the journalist and politician should be dismantled on Friday and Saturday.
Rhys Thomas, chairman of Denbigh Town Council, said: “I need to be objective in this situation.
“I believe it has been active on Facebook, but we’ll see.
“It’s something that a few people on both sides are quite interested in.”
Glen Swingler, a councillor, said: “I believe the mood in town is quite mixed.
“Over the last several days, I’ve noticed on social media that people opposed to it have been a little more vocal.
“It isn’t getting any worse. I don’t want to predict how any vote will turn out, but I also don’t know how many people will actually vote.” He said, ” “Yes, I will vote. I have my own viewpoints, but I will exercise my right to vote.” The statue has been called for removal before, after the Bishop of St Asaph stated that the explorer had “little respect for the indigenous of Africa.”
The vote came as the Black Lives Matter movement spurred a debate about the explorer’s ties to European imperialism, exploitation, and colonialism.
Because of his ties to Belgian King Leopold II, Sir Henry is a divisive character.
The king was accused of conducting atrocities against the Congo Free State’s populace, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sir Henry’s supporters, on the other hand, claim that he was not working for the Belgian dictator at the time of the crimes.
Sir Henry has been accused of atrocities against the African people by his contemporaries.
“Stanley shoots Africans as if they were monkeys,” claimed explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton.
Denbigh Town Council will have a vote on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on October 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Brinkwire News Summary.”