One of the most controversial relics of this island’s colonial past has been defaced.
This morning, City commuters were surprised to see the statue of British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, which was erected in 1813, covered in yellow spray paint and other graffiti.
The statue, which is strategically located at the centre of Bridgetown, has been the subject of loud verbal protests in recent years, with noted historians leading the call for Nelson to fall.
However, 200 years after its erection, the statue remains a bitter reminder of the enslavement of the island’s black ancestors and a symbol of white military, economic and social power.
The development comes on the eve of the island’s 51st anniversary of political independence from Britain on November 30, 1966.