End of the Rhodes for Oxford college as statue gets the boot


End of the Rhodes for Oxford college as statue gets the boot

After five years of student pressure, Oriel’s governing board admits defeat over controversial benefactor

Camilla Tominey

Oxford’s Oriel College has recommended the removal of its statue of Cecil Rhodes following an outcry over his links with Britain’s colonial past.

Amid a row over the statue paying tribute to the 19th-century industrialist who donated a huge sum to the college in his will, the governing body expressed its wish to take down the statue after five years of campaigning by students. The move may pave the way for the removal of dozens of monuments at risk of being torn down in the name of anti-racism following the removal of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol.

Announcing a public inquiry into the key issues surrounding the statue, a college statement read that the governing body of Oriel College “expressed their wish to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes”. The governors added that this came after “thoughtful debate and with full awareness of the impact these decisions are likely to have in Britain and around the world”...

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