Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review

You can see many features in Edinburgh’s public spaces that show a lot of people who lived and worked here in the past supported and benefitted from slavery and colonialism. Some people also worked hard to stop this activity and believed it was wrong. By colonialism, we mean the practice of wealthy or powerful countries taking control over other countries.

Edinburgh has agreed to address historic racial injustice and stem modern day discrimination.

One action is to hold an independent review of the things in our city which link to slavery and colonialism. This may include features like statues of residents in the past. They could also be buildings and street names named after Edinburgh people linked to slavery or colonialism.

The independent review group is looking for your views on this. Your views will help them to decide what recommendations they will make to the Council in 2022 about how to respond to this part of our city’s history.