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Graffiti sprayed on Hoxton museum’s slave trader statue: ‘Blood on his hands is blood of our ancestors’

PUBLISHED: 16:01 21 October 2020 | UPDATED: 13:16 27 October 2020

The gates and statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye were damaged and a message graffitied calling out

The gates and statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye were damaged and a message graffitied calling out "the blood on Geffrye's hands". Picture: Robin Priestley

Robin Priestley

Gates and a controversial slave trader statue at a Hoxton museum have been vandalised.

On the weekend beginning October 18, red paint was used to scrawl a message on the Museum of the Home, known formerly as the Geffrye Museum, on Kingsland Road.

The message read: “The blood on Geffrye’s hands is the blood of our ancestors.”

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A spokesperson for the Museum of the Home said the gates and statue had been damaged over the weekend.

They said: “We are investigating what happened and have reported the damage to the police.

“The board and museum team are continuing to explore a number of options for the statue that are curatorially best suited to the museum and our communities.”

A Gazette reader sent a picture of the graffiti and red-stained pavement on October 19.


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