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Four Statues Are Removed From The Shelbourne Hotel Because Of Their Associations With Slavery

The four bronze statues were commissioned by the Shelbourne Hotel’s owner in 1867.

Four statues, which have stood at the front of The Shelbourne in Dublin for 153 years, have been removed.

The four pieces – which depicted two slave girls holding torches with manacles around their feet and two Nubian princesses – were removed by the due to their association with slavery. 

The decision was made to take down the statues in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has sparked an outcry against racism and fueled protests across the globe.

A number of statues erected across the UK have recently been destroyed or removed by Black Lives Matter protestors, including that of noted slaveholder Robert Milligan outside the Museum of London Docklands.

The Shelbourne Hotel, which celebrated 195 years in business last year, removed the works on Monday in line with the decision by other bodies and local authorities to remove statues relating to the slave trade.

Following the move, the Irish Georgian Society took to Twitter to share that they were not consulted prior to the statues' removal.

"Further to reports and in the interests of clarity, the IGS was not consulted about the removal of statues from The Shelbourne Hotel," they wrote.

"Such works require planning permission which we believe was not sought. The IGS has contacted DCC Planning urging them to address the matter."

In a recently released statement, the hotel said: "We are working in collaboration with Irish Heritage to identify and plan for replacement statues that are in line with the heritage and values of the property.

"We will share further information in due course."

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