Redvers Buller Statue in Exeter, England
By Jade •
Following the 2020 Black Lives Matter Protests, the statue of General Redvers Buller was reviewed by the Exeter City Task Force and slated for removal. This was due to Bullers controversial historical role in the South African War (1899-1902). This decision to remove the statue received mixed reactions and spurred a viral change.org petition calling for the statue to remain. Despite the petition, the Council decided to proceed with its removal. However, the 2021 ‘Retain and Explain’ Policy of the UK Government overturned this decision. This case study demonstrates the necessity of comprehensive community consultation when addressing controversial historical figures.