A Northern Ireland council has been urged to change the name of a street which celebrates one of the leading lights of 19th century nationalism due to his support of the slave trade in 1800s America.
A man associated with the Young Ireland movement, a statue to John Mitchel stands proudly in the border city of Newry, where a city centre street is named after him.
Yesterday, demonstrators in Bristol toppled the statue of a wealthy businessman who worked as a slave trader.
In Mitchel's place of birth in Dungiven, Co Londonderry, a play park also displays his name and several GAA clubs around Ireland have honoured his memory in their names.
But as the Black Lives Matter campaign takes hold across the world following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a darker side to a giant of Irish history has led to calls for tributes to the activist, author and political journalist to be removed.
Now an online petition has been set up by a former Newry man, who is hoping to change his council's opinion on celebrating his name.
"I grew up in Newry. I walked through John Mitchel Place every day on my way to school," said Padraig Mac Cionnaith (25), now living in Dunmurry.
"I'm not a historian and I never thought any more about the name and why there was a statue. No-one ever remarked on it. It was through chance that I found out about his beliefs and what he stood for in America in the 1800s.
"This was a man who was a rebel with two causes. How can we be comfortable with remembering one while conveniently sweeping the other under the carpet?"
Padraig will now be writing to all 41 councillors in Newry and Mourne calling for the street to be renamed. "I don't want this to be a green and orange political issue, that's why I'll be contacting every councillor, from every party," he said.
"When Newry is the home town to sporting legends like Pat Jennings, would it not be a better idea to honour those rather than someone who was a great advocate of slavery in the United States, no matter what his involvement in Irish nationalism was? It's particularly relevant now with what has been happening in America.
"We have people standing up for rights through the Black Lives Matter campaign.
"People are taking to the streets, voicing their opposition in their thousands here in Northern Ireland. Yet in Newry, and elsewhere across Ireland, we are lauding one of the great supporters of slavery."
In Bristol, Edward Colston's bronze memorial, situated on Colston Avenue in the city centre, was built to honour one of the "most virtuous and wise sons" of Bristol.
But in recent years, campaigners have expressed anger at the commemoration of a figure prominently involved in Britain's slave-trade past, and yesterday, it was toppled.
Now, Mitchel, who was born in1815 and is often memorialised as a hero in the US and Ireland, could suffer a similar fate.
A statue to Mitchel was erected in Newry's John Mitchel Place, an extension of Newry's main street, Hill Street.
The Presbyterian was a giant of the Young Ireland movement. The British feared his influence and in a show trial convicted him of sedition and treason. Transported to Tasmania, he escaped from the penal colony in 1853 and found his way to America.
He was also one of the most extreme pro-slavery advocates of the American Civil War, calling blacks "an innately inferior people" and claiming that he wanted to make the people of the US proud of slavery as a national institution. He often expressed the view that slavery was inherently moral and "good in itself".
The petition is available at change.org by searching Rename John Mitchel Place