The British Museum has taken down a prominent bust of its founder, Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection was built using money from his wife’s sugar plantation in Jamaica.
The sculpture has been relocated in a special glass cabinet with signage that describes him as a “slave owner” whose work was “enabled by the wealth and networks that grew out of European imperialism.” Also included in the cabinet are artifacts from Sloane’s personal collection, including some the museum has labeled as “anatomical specimens relating to skin color and theories of racial difference.”
“We have pushed him off the pedestal. We must not hide anything. Healing is knowledge,” the museum’s director, Hartwig Fischer, told The Daily Telegraph, which first reported the news.
“Dedication to truthfulness when it comes to history is absolutely crucial, with the aim to rewrite our shared, complicated, and, at times, very painful history,” the director added. “The