Liverpool One removes sign that commemorates slave trader

Liverpool One has moved quickly to remove a sign commemorating a Liverpool slave trader after a complaint.

The shopping district has removed an information board dedicated to Thomas Seel, a prominent figure in the city's slave trade in the 18th Century.

The board was placed on the side of the Tesco at the bottom of Seel Street, which also gives its name to the slave trader.

The information board is in reference to the garden of Seel, which used to be in the area.

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The description on the sign explained: "Thomas Seel was an Eighteenth Century merchant.

"He made money out of the dreadful slave trade, but used some of it to pay for Liverpool's first infirmary, which was on the site of St George's Hall."

There is a nationwide debate taking place about the road names and monuments that currently exist that pay tribute to the shameful slave trade period and figures within it – and whether they should be removed.

This weekend, protesters in Bristol removed a statue of prominent slave trader Edward Colston and pushed it into the river.

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A statue of another slaver, Robert Milligan, has also been taken down in London.

Liverpool was a key player in the grim period and the city is littered with references to this.

The city council has already agreed to include information plaques on the many road names dedicated to slave trade figures explaining the difficult history associated with them.

And Mayor Joe Anderson has indicated he would support a move to rename all roads in the city associated with slavery.

The plaque dedicated to Thomas Seel has been removed

And yesterday, the University of Liverpool confirmed it will rename its Gladstone Hall building, after a group of students called for a change because of former Prime Minister William Gladstone's family connections to slaveholding.

This morning Liverpool resident Mat Flusk tweeted out a picture of the Thomas Seel noticeboard in Liverpool One and asked for it to be removed.

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Just a couple of hours later Liverpool One responded to Mr Flusk to inform him that the sign was being removed.

Images taken this afternoon show that the sign has now been taken down.

Liverpool One has been approached for comment.

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