Replacement plaque installed at the Melville Monument

Monday March 18th 2024

Melville Monument Replacement Plaque March 2024

Melville Monument replacement plaque.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A replacement plaque was installed this morning at the base of the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square. The replacement features the same wording as the original plaque which was stolen in September 2023.

Council Leader Cammy Day and Chair of the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review Implementation Group (ESCLRIG), Irene Mosota gave their reactions to the news.

Council Leader Cammy Day said:

“I’m glad that a replacement plaque has been installed this morning. Since the original plaque was stolen last September, I’ve been clear that we will not allow the actions of a minority to derail the important ongoing work to address the legacies of slavery and colonialism in our city. Following the refusal of the Melville Monument Committee to return the original plaque, we filed an official report with Police Scotland in October. This investigation is ongoing, and our legal team will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“We’ll also be seeking to recover the costs of this replacement plaque from the Melville Monument Committee.

“We’re rightly proud of the steps we’ve taken to properly address the legacies of slavery and colonialism here in Edinburgh. From conducting an independent review chaired by Sir Geoff Palmer, to carrying out the recommendations through the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review Implementation Group (ESCLRIG) under the leadership of Irene Mosota, we’re committed to being a modern, inclusive and welcoming capital city.”

Chair of ESCLRIG, Irene Mosota said:

“Today is a really significant milestone for our city, with the return of the plaque to the base of the Melville Monument. It’s only through properly acknowledging and exploring our collective past that we can address the challenges of the present and putting ourselves in a strong position to shape a positive future.

“This is a very exciting time for ESCLRIG as we now look towards implementing the recommendations of the independent review. Together, I’m confident that we can forge the foundations for a more tolerant, just, and equal Edinburgh that we can all be proud of.“

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