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Slave dealer Charles McGarel

Slave dealer Charles McGarel

Larne Town Hall

Larne Town Hall

A plaque about McGarel

A plaque about McGarel

Slave dealer Charles McGarel

A town hall built with money left by a rich slave owner should be a candidate for renaming, according to Amnesty International.

Larne's most prestigious civic building, the McGarel Town Hall, was constructed thanks to the legacy left by sugar plantation owner and slave dealer Charles McGarel.

McGarel was paid £81,280 (£9.7million in 2019) in compensation by the government for more than 1,000 slaves held by him and his firm when the trade in human beings was abolished in 1833.