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
Community Member
4 months ago

What a woman!

Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

That is a beautiful statue!

Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

Was she hanged while pregnant?

Alex Bailey
Community Member
4 months ago

She was hanged one day after giving birth. Poor brave woman.

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Halee Brady
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4 months ago

she looks so dignified.

Munhu Afro
Community Member
4 months ago

Humans can be vile sometimes. And to think that people who believed in stripping others of freedom did find joy and peace as they took the lives of those who believed in being free is unthinkable. I'm glad with where we are today, realizing that every human being deserves freedom despite race, gender orientation or whatever, a human is a human is a human

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

I wish it was true, but the world is protesting right now exactly because human beings do NOT have equal rights and freedoms.

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Sandraelaine Claus
Community Member
4 months ago

My god that's tragic. A very brave lady executed by very cowardly authorities.

Sasha Kuleshov
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4 months ago

A fucking Queen :D

Jessica Cole
Community Member
4 months ago

This is so beautiful, what a beautiful, strong woman.

Katherine Boag
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4 months ago

Sad that she doesn't even have a proper name :(

Connie Bonneville
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4 months ago

My heart is breaking

Lea Springstead
Community Member
4 months ago

Chills

Dorota Chodorek
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4 months ago

She seems to be fearless

DforDorothy
Community Member
4 months ago

I've been in Guadeloupe last year, and the museum in Iles des Saintes also describes a very sombre picture of their past,which is sad. I am sorry I missed this statue, but definitely going there back this year and will have it on my list. Also, I can only recommend Guadeloupe, it is a fantastic island, it has white and black sand beaches, also a huge volcano, covered with rainforest and gorgeous marine life. Not to mention, the islanders are very kind and helpful, to be honest, I actually liked the Carribbean sea-side (Basse terre) better, because not so many snob tourists go there. It's a must-see!

Patti
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4 months ago

This made me cry. God love her

BiLal Asif
Community Member
4 months ago

Powerful stuff

natie marie
Community Member
4 months ago

I worked in Guadeloup for 3 months a few years ago, its SUCH A COOL place with amazing people.. I did not see this statue though and now I'm sad I have not.

kyle gonzales
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow!!!

Elizabeth Orozco
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, she was amazing!

Kim V.
Community Member
4 months ago

What a breathtaking story... Such an inspiring woman.

Bebe
Community Member
4 months ago

Inspirational!

Beth Heilman
Community Member
4 months ago

Now this woman was not one to be quiet...

Magpie
Community Member
4 months ago

This is so fucking sad.

Rani Johnson
Community Member
3 months ago

Im sure the nipples were necessary.

weatherwitch
Community Member
3 months ago

I did not know of this incredible woman, I'm gladdened that I now do 😊

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
4 months ago

Amazing statue! It shows her dignity, her composure, her indomitable spirit, and her physical beauty as well. It's a wonderful, sensitive portrait.

Carmen Stanca
Community Member
4 months ago

What a life! What a death!

Leszek Kornowski
Community Member
4 months ago

One of vandalized monuments was Kosciusko's a guy who devoted his life to fight for people's freedom including ancestors of these (self censorship) vandals...

Flowergirl Power
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow

Aniekan Johnson Joe
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful ~ annyblog.com

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor baby

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Community Member
4 months ago

It must be torn down...as it relates to slavery.

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago

Idjit

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

All these years I didn't know a woman said that. Even more people didn't know she did that and died for freedom. Respect.

Tom Fish
Community Member
4 months ago

Is it hanged or hung?

columbokateUK
Community Member
4 months ago

Where is this?

Mainecoonsandhuskies
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4 months ago

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Guy MacGregor
Community Member
4 months ago

I couldn't find any trace of these "last words". Otherwise, everything check out

Laura Campos
Community Member
4 months ago

Why is the top of her dress see through, though? Otherwise, it's a great depiction.

Rebecah Ozuna
Community Member
4 months ago

Too bad black people don't follow her words. Because they still feel 'oppressed' by whites. How much freedom do they want? It's was some tall white dude that gave them their undeserved freedom.

Sophie Foster
Community Member
4 months ago

They did deserve it, however I can relate to the rest of your thread.

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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
Community Member
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.
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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
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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
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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.

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Tracey Hirt
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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
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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
Community Member
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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