Banksy Raising Funds For Accused Slave Trader Statue Vandals “Colston Four” With T-Shirt Design

  • Anonymous artist Banksy says proceeds from the sale of his new T-Shirt will go to the four people accused of the Edward Colston statue damage “so they can go for a pint.”
  • Bristol-based Banksy said sales for the shirts supporting the “Colston Four” facing trial this month are limited to one shirt per person, costing £25 plus VAT each. 
  • The memorial to the 17th-century slave merchant Edward Colston was pulled down during a Black Lives Matter protest in June of last year and then dumped into Bristol Harbour.

Staff and agencies from The Guardian write:

“Banksy says he has made T-shirts that he will be selling to support four people facing trial accused of criminal damage over the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston.

The anonymous artist posted on Instagram pictures of limited-edition grey souvenir T-shirts, which will go on sale on Saturday in Bristol.

The shirts have a picture of Colston’s empty plinth with a rope hanging off, with debris and a discarded sign nearby and the word “Bristol” written above.

He said proceeds from the sale will be given to the four people facing trial next week in the city accused of criminal damage “so they can go for a pint”.

Bristol-based Banksy said sales would be limited to one per person and each T-shirt would cost £25 plus VAT.

The “Colston Four” – Rhian Graham, 29, Jake Skuse, 36, and Sage Willoughby, 21, all from Bristol, and Milo Ponsford, 25, from Bishopstoke, Hampshire – are accused of “with each other and others unknown without lawful excuse” damaging the statue and plinth, a listed monument belonging to the city council…”

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