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'Blood and chains' thrown over Carteret statue

'Blood and chains' thrown over Carteret statue

Friday 14 August 2020

'Blood and chains' thrown over Carteret statue


The statue of New Jersey founder and slave trader Sir George Carteret has been covered in red paint and bound in 'chains'.

Police told Express the damage was reported them this morning and that they are now investigating.

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Pictured: The statue this morning. (Shaun Crowther)

As part of the overnight attack, red paint was poured over Sir George's hands and feet, and black paper chains looped around his limbs.

It's the second time the bronze statue has been targeted in recent months.

In June, white paint was thrown over it amid calls for the structure's removal due to the naval privateer's links with slavery.

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Pictured: It's not the first time the statue has been attacked.

The statue of Sir George Carteret was erected in St. Peter in 2014 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey.

The US state was given its name by the St. Peter-born Vice-Admiral, who was gifted the land as thanks for sheltering King Charles during the English Civil War. 

While the accompanying plaque acknowledges Sir George’s key role in island history, it does not reference the fact that the privateer supported and profited from the trade of slaves.

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Pictured: How the statue normally looks.

The statue's erection was supposed to be privately-funded, but it emerged recently that more than £36,000 in public funds had been contributed towards it.

Express uncovered this week that £15,000 of that came directly from the Treasury following a plea for financial assistance from the St. Peter Constable of the time, John Refault. After a "shortfall" in donations, he was facing difficulties in covering the bill for the statue he had commissioned.

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Posted by michelle Hervieu on
It is a great shame that The statue of George De Carteret has been vandalised again I am not defending slavery or slave owners but George De Carteret as Admiral of the English Navy was instructed by Charles II to look after interests of The crown a request you would not decline in those times. Although his Company did transport slaves , De Carteret had early in his Naval Career been involved in the freeing of over 250 slaves who had been captured by the Barbary pirates these freed slaves included Jersey and Guernsey Sailors , as much as George De Carteret was St Peters born and bred a better place for the statue would be in Elizabeth Castle where his incredible story could be properly told he became one of the most important and famous People in the 17th Century and although he had links to slavery this was only a very small part of his life, if you want to do something productive, stop the slavery that is happening today.
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