The recent protester-initiated takedown of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol (due to his affiliation with slave trade) has sparked much debate, forcing societies to rethink who they choose to honor through this medium.

This has also inspired the takedown of a number of other statues, namely those of Christopher Columbus, Jefferson Davis, and the Portsmouth Confederate Statue, and there are also demands to remove the Cecil Rhodes statue in the UK as well.

And while this statue purge continues, it’s important to note that not all statues honor people of dubious or debatable reputation, as there are a number of them honoring political leaders, social activists, and all-around good guys in history.

Twitter has recently begun sharing photos of statues honoring people who have genuinely stood for peace, equality, and justice, speaking against structural racism, sexism, homophobia, and many other social issues.

Bored Panda invites you to check out the best picks below. While you’re there, why not vote on your favorites and leave a comment in the comments section below.

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Katrin
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4 months ago

I simply love this

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

What a woman!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

I remember reading about him. An amazing and Very modest man. I think there is a show somewhere where they put him in an audience and he didn’t know they had surrounded him with all the hundreds of descendants of the children he had saved.

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Electric Ed
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4 months ago

This is probably in Grenada, the country in the West Indies. Not Granada, the land-locked city in Spain. Though there is a New Granada too, which seems to be a catch-all for the Spanish colonies in the americas.

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Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

It was quite interesting reading about the famine. Initially, there was a huge response by the British government to help the famine victims and very large charity drives throughout the British isles. However, after the first year of the famine public sympathy had dried up. Papers were blaming mismanagement in Ireland, underestimating the number of people affected by on going starvation. Politicians were concerned ongoing intervention in the food markets was having more a detrimental then beneficial effect. Public sympathy had turned to hostility as waves of Irish migrants arrived in Britain. So the remaining years of famine the Irish peasants were on their own. It reminded me of the way the EU responded to the migrant crisis in modern times, initially with a huge out pouring of empathy and accepting many millions in, then cold disinterest and rejection.

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Vicky Zar
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4 months ago

Beautiful

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ElusiveIntrovert
Community Member
4 months ago

That's how a true leader should be, not some idiot who can wage a war by typing gibberish on Twitter.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

He helped the allies win the war by breaking the Enigma code, but after the war him being gay was the only thing that mattered. Nowadays he is praised for what he has achieved, but his contemporaries condemned him for whom he loved.

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Samantha Lomb
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4 months ago

The US sent a whole shipload back to Nazi Germany

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Daria B
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4 months ago (edited)

Member of a royal family sold into slavery. It's sad, but it's interesting, makes you think...

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

People talk all the time about how Americans saved everyone in WWII. It was women. If women hadn’t stepped up to do all the work while the men went off to war, entire countries would have collapsed.

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 months ago

Powerful and sad at same time

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

I've read her diary when I was 14 and I couldn't do it again. Reading it with the knowledge of what happened was emotionally too stressful for me at that age.

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Elsahthescienceguy
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4 months ago (edited)

That’s odd.... I know Virginia like the back of my hand and no one has ever told me that this beautiful and meaningful statue existed!

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

For those who are confused about Spanish and Portuguese mentioned above: Magellan was indeed Portuguese, but he sailed under the Spanish flag.

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beja flor
Community Member
4 months ago

Thanks for sharing this, I didn't know. So powerful ...

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
4 months ago

I wasn't familiar with Miss Davison, so I did research. She was an English suffragette. During one of her protests, she threw herself in front of the King's horse at Epsom Derby. She died four days later.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 months ago

You can watch the footage of that on YouTube.

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Helen Hadley
Community Member
4 months ago

Morpeth! I lived there until I was 8 years old. Is this in the park beside the river?

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

THESE PEOPLE CHANGED HISTORY,AND THEY DID IT PEACEFULLY, NOT BY LOOTING AND KILLING. They would DIE for personal freedom. Or any freedom,for that matter.

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago

Why is this comment getting downvoted?乁( •_• )ㄏdid my best

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 months ago

Also re suffragettes, the police would pull up their skirts to humiliate them as they were arrested, or push them into the crowds (of men) who would sexually assault them. Our sisters did this so WE could vote! So get out and VOTE!

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago

Horrible.

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Marjorie King
Community Member
3 months ago

yes.

danielw
Community Member
4 months ago

anybody else feel like MLK jr's robes make him look like a Jedi?? Would it be disrespectful to sneak in a lightsaber hilt?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Those who try frighten the one's who are wrong and know it but won't admit it.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Did anything change? Could she have been spared if more people had stood with her?

John Doe
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Chris you are correct, she did indeed die from being trampled by the horse, horse had to be shot. By doing it people took notice and ended up backing them.

Bill Liggerent
Community Member
4 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwXfITDyIuY MLK in Newcastle

Fran Stateler
Community Member
4 months ago

She was willing to give her life for the cause she believed in. History books dont tell these stories. Why?

danielw
Community Member
4 months ago

she died and the king wrote the history books.

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Beth Heilman
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4 months ago

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That's a bit harsh to make a statement...

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
4 months ago

While Riel did sentence Thomas Scott to execution by firing squad, he himself never carried weapons and never personally killed anyone. He was a leader who led a rebellion, who was then executed for treason.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

I like the idea of this but making them naked feels a bit debasing.

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Puna
Community Member
4 months ago

Boy is this information wrong! Bartholdi designed it to stand at the entrance of the Suez Canal in Egypt. They turned it down because of cost.

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Munhu Afro
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4 months ago

Reminds me painfully of Marikana South Africa. Imperialism and Capitalism at their best

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Sasha Kuleshov
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4 months ago

Fuck Franco! :P

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! We need more of these.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought he had four arms for a minute.

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

I will always be confused by the stone they used for this incredible monument.

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beja flor
Community Member
4 months ago

Where is this statue?

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Who chose the proportions for that statue?!

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
4 months ago

I did research since I wasn't familiar with Mary Barbour. She was closely associated with the Red Clydeside movement in the early 20th century and especially for her role as the main organiser of the women of Govan who took part in the rent strikes of 1915

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Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Its natural that this woman's story makes people feel uncomfortable. During the 19th century everyone in Britain was told colonialism and missionary work was an unmitigated good, because it allowed people like Slessor to do the things she did. After decolonisation in the 1970s we were told it was a terribly corrupt practice which led to widespread, abuse, exploitation and destruction of native cultures through arrogance. I sought out some opinions from the people who were evangelised and guess what? There was no consensus even among them. One man said "Westernisation was wonderful. No body kills anyone anymore, we can trade for food and clothes" and another said "westernisation was terrible. Everybody has become an alcoholic, no one does proper work. We don't know who we are anymore"

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