Rejected petition Remove George De Carteret statue due to his strong links with the slave trade.
We are requesting the removal of the George de Carteret statue in St Peter’s village following the brutal murder of George Floyd in America and the global Black Lives Matter movement.
De Carteret has been painted as a local hero, but the reality of his participation in the slave trade make him a far cry from this.
Co-founder of the ‘Company of Royal Adventurers into Africa’ who traded ivory, gold and human slaves during the 1600s, he was undeniably involved in the exploitation and exportation of innocent human beings.
The idolisation of De Carteret is an insult to the efforts of the Black Lives Matter campaign, and does not represent Jersey’s community values.
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One of the issues we had with all of the versions submitted was that the statue is on private land and petitions have to seek action from the States about something: they could not make the owner take down the statue. What the Assembly can be asked to do is ensure all monuments in the public realm align with modern values and don't celebrate slave traders. We hope you will be able to support the petition which has now gone 'live'.
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