Posted on July 1, 2020

York Minster’s Roman Emperor Statue Being ‘Looked at’ Following Complaints

Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph, June 29, 2020

The future of a Roman Emperor statue outside York Minster is being “looked at” following complaints and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a review of controversial monuments.

The Most Rev Justin Welby last week said that statues in Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are going to be looked at “very carefully” to see if they should be there.

He made the comments in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests and added that “some will have to come down” but that it is not his decision and that monuments would be put “in context”.

Now York Minster is understood to be reviewing the statue of Emperor Constantine, after it received complaints that the Roman Emperor supported slavery.