Church of England reviews thousands of monuments with links to slavery and colonialism in churches in wake of BLM movement – with some to be axed

May 10, 2021 by

by Katie Feehan, Mailonline:

The Church of England is expected to instruct cathedrals and churches across the country to review their monuments for links to slavery and colonialism and take action if any are found.

In guidance set to be issued this week, the Church of England’s 12,500 parishes and 42 cathedrals will be told to scour their grounds and buildings for historic links.

If any are found, the guidance urges that consultation should be carried out with communities to determine what action should be taken with the guidance stressing that inaction is not an option, according to the Observer.

Actions that could be taken include removal, relocation or alteration of plaques to include contextual information.

The review comes as the country has seen its colonial history re-examined largely in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Last June, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby suggested the Church’s monuments should be reviewed to see if they ‘should all be there.’

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