TOP News

Health: What is the "dark triad" of personality traits?

Easter eggs so good you won't believe they're vegan

  Easter eggs so good you won't believe they're vegan CAKE DECORATING CHALLENGE Rainbow Food Challenge 100 Layers of FOOD by 123GO GENIUS

A Cambridge college spent £120,000 attempting to remove a memorial linked to the slave trade from its chapel.

Jesus College fought the Church of England in a consistory court case in February to remove the memorial to an alternative space but ultimately lost the case.

The plaque commemorates Tobias Rustat, a benefactor of the college who invested in the slave trade for three decades.

The college will have spent about £120,000 on an antiquated process that it had little choice but to follow

Sonita Alleyne, Master of Jesus College

But in March, the Diocese of Ely decided it would not be removed, claiming that the campaign to move the plaque had been based on a “false narrative” that “Rustat had amassed much of his wealth from the slave trade”.

Who'll find love on our blind date? This week it's Becky and Rohan

  Who'll find love on our blind date? This week it's Becky and Rohan Every week, FEMAIL pairs up two UK-based singletons to go on a blind date and asks them to report back. Becky, 34 and Rohan, 34 shared the outcome of their date in the UK.Dating Past?

Jesus College has said this argument is “irrelevant” and what matters is Rustat’s active involvement in the trade.

Sonita Alleyne, Master of Jesus College, writing in The Guardian, said that in 2019, before she was elected Master, the college had set up a working party on the legacy of slavery.

“Our rigorous investigation uncovered much about individuals and objects historically linked to the college,” she said.

The memorial to Tobias Rustat in Jesus College, University of Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire) © Provided by Evening Standard The memorial to Tobias Rustat in Jesus College, University of Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

“And as a community we asked: what should we do with this knowledge, with this truth, in relation to wider issues of fairness today?”

Ms Alleyne said that in November 2021 the college had returned a looted Benin bronze to Nigeria, and that the working party’s work had also highlighted the history of a plaque commemorating Tobias Rustat in the college chape. Rustat was a seventeenth century investor in the slave trade.

Lucy Hale Says She Went Through 'A Dark Time' After 'Pretty Little Liars' Ended In 2017

  Lucy Hale Says She Went Through 'A Dark Time' After 'Pretty Little Liars' Ended In 2017 When 'Pretty Little Liars' ended in 2017, Lucy Hale found herself in a difficult situation, having lost all sense of who she was. Read on for interview with 'People.'In an exclusive interview with People, the actress revealed that she struggled with life after the show, going from an ordinary girl to an internationally-recognised actress almost overnight.

She said a majority of college fellows had wished to remove the plaque from the chapel to an alternative exhibition space, adding that this felt “straightforward” from a moral point of view.

“Rustat’s activities helped finance the slave factories along the west African coast,” she said.

“This enabled ships to transport tens of thousands of enslaved women, children and men across the Middle Passage.

“And it led to these people being worked to death in the killing fields of the Caribbean and Americas.”

Jesus College at the University of Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire) © Provided by Evening Standard Jesus College at the University of Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

She added that moving the plaque also felt straightforward for practical reasons, because it had been moved on a number of occasions throughout the college’s history.

But Ms Alleyne noted that the Church of England had taken a different view after the college lost the ecclesiastical court case as part of its bid to remove the plaque.

Forget short denim skirts: This is the jeans trend in spring 2022

 Forget short denim skirts: This is the jeans trend in spring 2022 © instagram / abimarvel Short denim skirts make in spring 2022 pause. Instead, skirts are now in MIDI length and A-line jeans trend. Here SHOPEN Every spring we want to swap Fashion fans our denim pants finally against more airy jeans skirts . However, we always make us a tricky decision: Which Rock is now announced and which not? Jeans Trend: Which denim skirt in spring 2022 is announced in the Spring 2022 can be answered very clearly! Short jeans skirts make a break first.

She said that “what should have been a simple decision turned into a convoluted consistory court process”.

An increasing number of students would no longer enter the chapel to pray, reflect, or listen to the choir, Ms Alleyne said.

Why is it so much agony to remove a memorial to slavery

Archbishop of Canterbury

“The college will have spent about £120,000 on an antiquated process that it had little choice but to follow, dominated by lawyers, and which is ill-designed for resolving sensitive matters of racial justice and contested heritage,” she said.

“The church must develop something better than this.”

She said that the process “was incapable of accounting for the lived experience of people of colour in Britain today”.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said he supports the plaque’s removal, asking: “Why is it so much agony to remove a memorial to slavery?”

Register now for one of the Evening Standard’s newsletters. From a daily news briefing to Homes & Property insights, plus lifestyle, going out, offers and more. For the best stories in your inbox, click here.

Vets reveal why chocolate is so harmful for dogs ahead of Easter .
Ahead of the Easter period, two Australian veterinarians have revealed why chocolate is so harmful for dogs and offered their advice for avoiding a trip to the vet on your long weekend.Regional director of Sydney Animal Hospitals Dr. Tim Montgomery and Mars Petcare veterinarian Dr. Fiona Patterson have offered their advice for keeping your pet safe this Easter long weekend.

See also