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'Talks needed' over honouring controversial historical figures

Academic says discussion required over the likes of Hercules Mulligan

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Controversy: Hercules Mulligan was a former slave owner

Controversy: Hercules Mulligan was a former slave owner

Controversy: Hercules Mulligan was a former slave owner

A public conversation is needed before a decision is taken on honouring controversial figures from the past such as a Coleraine-born "unsung hero" of the American Revolution Hercules Mulligan, an academic has said.

Dr Adrian Grant, a historical researcher at Ulster University, said people should be judged in the context of their time but added that research is needed before deciding whether commemorating them is necessary.

It follows a row over a move by Causeway Coast and Glens council to honour Mulligan, credited with twice saving George Washington's life.


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