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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fastcarspete Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
10 months ago

There was a considerable controversy about this statue. Especially conservatives and members of the green party opposed the statue because of the violence depicted in it. Politician Eva Johansson said "you should counter them with words, not violence." Her own family also was against the statue because they didn't want her to be remembered in such a way.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
10 months ago

Was she hanged while pregnant?

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SilkCutBlue Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
10 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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Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

That is heartbreaking. I had no idea these statues existed.

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_Cailin_Corcra_ Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
10 months ago

Interestingly, Ireland exported wheat during the famine, mainly to England, which prompted John Mitchel to say “The Almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight, but the English created the Famine.”

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
10 months ago

Beautiful

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Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

How touching and sad to give up everything to protect your people.

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Munhu Afro
Community Member
10 months ago

This man was a genius. Modern computing wouldn't be where it is were it not for his contributions . Very sad the society of the day were bothered by his gayness.

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Pip_est89 Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
10 months ago

U.K. and almost every other country failed to open their borders but can you really blame them? No one thought a mass murder on such a scale was possible. Not even the German people anticipated a genocide committed by their own government.

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cnombret Report

Daria B
Community Member
10 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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#11

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revkatebottley Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
10 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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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
10 months ago

In the name of civilization: "The rebellion was short-lived. Martial law was declared on April 15, 1816. It was suppressed by local militia and British imperial troops which ironically included slave soldiers. The governor of Barbados, Sir James Leith, reported that by September, five months after the rebellion ended, 144 people had been executed. Seventy people were later sentenced to death while 170 were deported to neighboring British colonies in the Caribbean. Alleged rebels were also subject to floggings during the entire eighty days of martial law." https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/bussa-rebellion-1816/

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HerefortheMerl2 Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
10 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
Community Member
10 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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moongiggles Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
10 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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firendeslre Report

beja flor
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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onthemoon69 Report

Helen Hadley
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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LaurenceL_Art Report

Tracey Hirt
Community Member
10 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
10 months ago

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

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#20

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Night Owl
Community Member
10 months ago

Much better

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#21

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Munhu Afro
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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JaneyGodley Report

varwenea
Community Member
10 months ago

The real ANTIFA. Anti-fascist, that is.

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#23

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SterHardaway Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes! We need more of these.

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#24

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CuteGal432121 Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

I thought he had four arms for a minute.

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#25

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ARCASH Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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beja flor
Community Member
10 months ago

Where is this statue?

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#27

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Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

Who chose the proportions for that statue?!

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Iapetos
Community Member
10 months ago

Yeah, definitely. I would appreciate some new better statues for America.

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Demi Zwaan
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10 months ago

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Christian missionaries weren’t usually very nice. Are you sure this one didn’t have people killed for not accepting his god? Even if he didn’t, forcing your god on others, overwriting their own believes is never a good thing.

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