Stand Up To Racism Hackney has planned a protest outside the Museum of the Home as it re-opens, after the failure to follow the outcome of their own consultation and remove the statue of the 17th century slave trader, Robert Geffrye.
Labour MP Diane Abbott said, âThe protests against the statue at the former Geffrye Museum are entirely legitimate and peaceful and I support them. Robert Geffrye was a slave trader. Honouring his memory in this way is an affront to his victims and offensive to all of us who abhor slavery.
The renamed Museum of Home should recognise the need for change and resist pressure from central government. It should remove the statue, just as the majority of residents said when they were polled. Museums should be places of learning about our history, among other things. Removing the statue should be an opportunity to highlight and learn from this shameful period of British history.â
More information about the protests can be found here