3182235 Enslaved African man's tomb-stone in Bristol ravaged
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Two grave stones on the side smash was in two
The tombstone of an African man who was enslaved to smash in the 18Th Century , was in two.
The Grade II* listed tomb of Scipio Africanus in St Mary's Churchyard in Bristol.
A local Council Said that he believed it was a "reprisal attack" for the youngest in The City .
Avon and Somerset police Said it was investigating after receiving a report of Criminal Damage .
The Force Said it believed that the damage between 12:00 BST on Tuesday from 08:00 on Wednesday.
Scipio Africanus was an African servant of the 7. The Earl of Suffolk.
An inscription on the brightly painted grave stone - this is one of the two at the location in Henbury - Says he died in the town, in 1720, at the age of 18. the message was scribbled on the ground in the vicinity
A message with chalk on the stone slabs in the vicinity of the tomb: "Now, look, do you what me to.
"to reset the Colston statue, or the things are really heated. "
Conservative councillor Mark Weston, who represents Henbury to Bristol City Council, Said he was "deeply saddened about what happened".
"We have seen war memorials defaced and statues devastated and I wonder where this will end," He Said .
Bristol mayor, Marvin Rees elected appealed for people not to go down the path of "tit-for-tat" attacks.
speaking at a Facebook Live Q& A, He Said the "iconic piece of Bristol history" was smashed "in two".
"The opportunity to present to the country and The World , We Are a city that has The Ability to Live With differences," He Said . The Statue of Edward Colston, a pushed into the port, after he faith overthrown by protesters
historians, that Scipio Africanus may have been born in the household of 7. Earl of Suffolk, Charles Howard, and The Son of an enslaved West African woman.
He was. his "owners", after the Roman General Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus
It is believed that he was a well-beloved member of the household, it was rare that an enslaved person on a formal burial in a cemetery, let alone as an ornate one.
The Colston statue was Torn Down and dumped into the Bristol Harbour during the anti-racism protests at the beginning of this month.
since then, He has pulled out of the water and is expected to a new home in a city-museum.
to be several other protests calling for statues and monuments, celebrating the controversial figures in the UK, taken out or changed were.
This includes governors, Oxford Oriel College , the vote on Wednesday, and a statue outside The Museum of London Docklands last week.
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