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Petition launched to replace Colston statue with civil rights campaigner

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition for a statue of Dr Paul Stephenson to be erected in place of Edward Colston in Bristol.

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A petition to replace the Edward Colston statue in Bristol with one honouring civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson has passed 15,000 signatures (Ian West/PA)

A petition to replace the Edward Colston statue in Bristol with one honouring civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson has passed 15,000 signatures (Ian West/PA)

A petition to replace the Edward Colston statue in Bristol with one honouring civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson has passed 15,000 signatures (Ian West/PA)

A petition to replace the Edward Colston statue in Bristol with one honouring civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson has passed 15,000 signatures.

Dr Stephenson organised the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963, which saw campaigners overturn a ban on ethnic minorities working on the city’s buses.

The boycott influenced the creation of the Race Relations Act.

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Dr Paul Stephenson meets then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a visit to Bristol (Labour Party/PA)

Dr Paul Stephenson meets then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a visit to Bristol (Labour Party/PA)

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Dr Paul Stephenson meets then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a visit to Bristol (Labour Party/PA)

Petition organiser Edward Beeston said it is “time a suitable replacement is found that honours black Bristolians”.

He added: “It is time Bristol moves forward with its history in the slave trade, acknowledging the evil committed and how it can educate its citizens about black history.”

– The petition can be found at www.change.org/p/bristol-city-council-replace-the-colston-statue-with-paul-stephenson

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