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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3 months ago

I simply love this

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Bardhi's Dad
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3 months ago

What a woman!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 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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3 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
3 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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3 months ago

Beautiful

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ElusiveIntrovert
Community Member
3 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
3 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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3 months ago

The US sent a whole shipload back to Nazi Germany

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Daria B
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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

Lisbeth Guz
Community Member
3 months ago

I read long time ago that in Africa, some tribes actively helped slavery trade and "sold" enemy tribes to the Portuguese to be enslaved. I guess they did it seeking protection for their own.

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Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
3 months ago

Unfortunately, like many Latin American nations, they deny that they are racist, and deny that they have African-descended populations. As recent as a few decades back, Mexican states required Afro-Mexican populations to live in certain areas or towns. Reminds me of Suid-Afrikan townships... -Dr M, retired history professor

Lisbeth Guz
Community Member
3 months ago

This is true. In Chile slavery was abolished as soon as the country freed from Spain, and slaves quickly mixed with the locals, so there was never an African identity here, and if there ever vwas it has been wiped from history. However, now that we have immigrants from other countries with more marked African features (namely skin color) all the racism is starting to show.

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks like a born leader.

Eagle Girl
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Mexico, really? Had no idea the thought of owning someone went further than White entitlement. The things I'm learning from this post.

Micah Pettit
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty much every civilization in history has had slavery at one point, it's not a uniquely white thing.

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Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/yanga-gaspar-c-1545/

Beth Heilman
Community Member
3 months ago

Here's an amazing history lesson....

Carolyn Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Not another general on a horse; we need to celebrate THESE

Aimee P.
Community Member
3 months ago

I highly recommend reading “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” by Jared Diamond. It really helps to elucidate many of the reasons behind what has been happening for many generations.

Rani Johnson
Community Member
3 months ago

Many warring tribes in Africa kidnapped & sold people from rival tribes & sold them to the Spaniards in exchange for modern weaponry. La Amistad was a popular & accurate accounting of that.

Sophie Foster
Community Member
3 months ago

That is amazing.

Jane Moore
Community Member
3 months ago

who sold him?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

Slavery is evil but after getting freedom don't despise everyone just make sure it never happens again.

Sophie Foster
Community Member
3 months ago

Completely agree.

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Marjorie King
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes

Claire Wankiewicz
Community Member
3 months ago

Now THAT'S a millitary hero!

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

I wonder how a member of a royal family was able to be sold into slavery.

carebear
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Many Africans captured other tribes and sold them to the Europeans. Most arrived speaking different languages from each other. It's sold to us as this white-versus-black thing, but if the Africans had gotten together and fought the European slave traders, instead of killing and selling each other, we'd have a very different world.

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John Doe
Community Member
3 months ago

So he was a murderer then

Ellen Daniels
Community Member
2 months ago

Self defense is not murder.

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3 months ago

relates to slavery...has to be torn down.

Sasha Kuleshov
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3 months ago

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A man gotta what a man gotta do ;)

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

No you don't. Get out from behind someone else's idea so you can see clearly the right way to go.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

Powerful and sad at same time

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 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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3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

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

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Puna
Community Member
3 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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3 months ago

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

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Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Fuck Franco! :P

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! We need more of these.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought he had four arms for a minute.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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beja flor
Community Member
3 months ago

Where is this statue?

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Who chose the proportions for that statue?!

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Chris DiFonso
Community Member
3 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
3 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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