Email A STATUE of a Limerick man who made a fortune while owning slaves in the US city of Baltimore has been taken down, following protests that it celebrates a slaver.County Limerick native Captain John O’Donnell had a statue erected in his honour in the Canton area of Baltimore, Maryland, on a site where he kept enslaved people to run his plantation and household.A mariner and merchant, he was one of the first white men to establish trade with China. His plantation, known as The Canton Estate, which was named after the city of Canton in China, became a hub of industry and, in more recent times, the fashionable waterfront neighbourhood known as Canton.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The statue was removed by city authorities on April 5 following a petition and letters from local anti-racism groups.According to Norman G. Rukert’s “Historic Canton,” Captain John O’Donnell was born in 1749. In his youth, O’Donnell “ran away to sea and found himself in India, amassing a sizeable fortune before he was thirty.”As an employee of the British East India Company, O’Donnell lived in India for 16 years.In 1786, O’Donnell purchased 11 acres of land in Baltimore, which eventually grew to more than 1,900 acres. O’Donnell named his plantation Canton, which is what English speakers at the time called the Chinese port city of Guangzhou.Records show that he kept 36 enslaved people on his plantation.O’Donnell had seven children with his wife Sarah Chew Elliott. It is believed only one, Elliot, returned to his father’s native Ireland to study at Trinity College Dublin.Captain John O’Donnell died in October 1805; at the time, he was one of the wealthiest men in the US.In 1980, the Canton Improvement Association installed the statue in O’Donnell Square Park. An inscription marker at the site described O’Donnell as “a man of great vision and accomplishment.”In November 2020, the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance, with the support of the Canton Community Association and other members of the community, issued a letter to then Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young calling for the immediate removal of the 41-year-old statue.The letter said in part: “Captain John O’Donnell founded Canton as a plantation in 1786. A statue in his honour was erected in O’Donnell Square Park in 1980. Public records have confirmed that Captain O’Donnell was an enslaver.“Slavery is morally reprehensible and we, as a community, categorically reject monuments to enslavers.”The letter also referenced an October 2020 article in the Baltimore Sun written by John Linwood of The Linwood Project who stated: “As a Black homeowner living in Southeast Baltimore, the presence of John O’Donnell’s statue at Canton Square is more offensive to me than any statue of Christopher Columbus.”Linwood noted how the statue was placed on the same grounds where Captain O’Donnell kept more than 30 enslaved Africans who tended to his livestock and crops, kept his house, and served as waitstaff.Linwood wrote: “Such nods to the shames of our past have no place in our city and must go if we wish to seek real healing and atonement for our past, and cultivate a Baltimore that welcomes everyone everywhere.”An online petition was also circulated through the Change.org website that amassed more than 800 signatures over a six month period.On April 5, the statue was removed, a move that was welcomed by the current Mayor of Baltimore Brandon Scott, who said the statue was a “hostile vestige to the notorious enslaver Captain John O’Donnell.” Linkedin NewsStatue of County Limerick slave owner is removed from US cityBy Bernie English – April 16, 2021 1293 Twitter WhatsApp Print Advertisement Facebook Previous articleWATCH: Conor Murray describes his incredible career thus farNext articleMartens retrial could hinge on the evidence of Corbett children Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
Published on February 17, 2014 at 3:23 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Taking on the nation’s No. 1 attack from the year ago, Syracuse’s defense was porous at times – evident by the 16 goals the Great Danes amassed.But SU goalies Dominic Lamolinara and Bobby Wardwell still managed to make stops when they needed to.Lamolinara spent the first half between the pipes against Albany and was relieved by Wardwell in the cage for the rest of the game. Despite yielding 16 goals total in No. 2 Orange’s 17-16 overtime win over Albany on Sunday, each goalie logged eight saves each and limited the damage of SU’s defensive breakdowns as best they could.“Bob’s been playing really well, Dom’s been playing well and they both deserve to play,” SU head coach John Desko said. “It’s a different situation from maybe a year or two ago when we were trying to figure out who the starter would be.“We’re comfortable putting both of them in these situations.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLamolinara stopped four Albany shots in the opening quarter as SU jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but surrendered three goals — each on plays when a dodging Great Dane beat an SU defender while attacking the cage.He followed that frame up with a four-save second quarter, but Albany notched six goals in the period to briefly jump ahead of the Orange. Two of Lamolinara’s saves were in man-down situations, and another was on a shot right from point-blank range.“Albany, they’re really slick inside,” Desko said. “Some of those shots that Dom took, some of the shots that Bobby took, were right on the doorstep. You’re not going to save too many of those.”Just as Syracuse did in its season opener, it sent out Wardwell to begin the second half in net. He allowed just two third-quarter goals, but in the fourth was on the wrong end of Albany’s 5-0 burst to force overtime.Still, it could’ve been worse for the Orange.Albany’s Ryan Feuerstein had an open look from the doorstep early in the quarter, but Wardwell denied him. Caught out of position, Wardwell ran back into the crease to snare an uncontested Lyle Thompson shot from 10 yards out.And when the Orange needed him most, the goalie stopped Miles Thompson’s shot with 48 seconds left in the game that could’ve given Albany the win.“They just did what they were supposed to do,” Wardwell said of SU’s defenders, “and they made it an easy shot for me to save.” Comments
It was a jam-packed weekend for both of Wisconsin’s track and field teams, who competed in two separate meets in California — the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Long Beach Invitational.Middle-distance sensation Oliver Hoare dashed out of the blocks quickly and survived a late challenge from Arizona’s Carlos Villarreal to win the 1500 meters invitational section with a world-leading performance.The junior from Sydney, Australia remained among the top four runners throughout the race before passing the finish line just a fraction of a second ahead of Villarreal in just three minutes, 37.20 seconds, setting a new personal record, Wisconsin men’s track and field record and world-best time for the 2019 outdoor season.Badgers transition to outdoor season after top-ten finishes at NCAA Indoor Championships, remarkable individual performancesTrack and field doesn’t typically come to mind when one thinks of Wisconsin winter sports. Most students would associate the Read…With a remarkable season debut for Hoare, who won the event at the 2018 National Championships, the quest to become a back-to-back champion could not have started any better.Fellow Australian and teammate Morgan McDonald also made a big splash in his 5000 meters season debut. The redshirt senior cruised to victory with a time of 13 minutes, 50.92 seconds, a time that currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA this season.Redshirt senior Trent Nytes finished seventh in the decathlon with 7,618 points, which ranks in the top ten performances in the country so far this season.Meanwhile, three field athletes for Wisconsin closed out a strong weekend showing at the Long Beach Invitational. Most notably, redshirt freshman Austin Glynn posted the No. 4 discus mark in school history, tossing the discus 187 feet, 6 inches, which currently is tied for No. 19 in the nation and No. 6 in the Big Ten conference.Glynn’s mark came just one day after an excellent performance in Friday’s hammer throw where he set the third-best mark in program history with a distance of 217 feet, 5 inches, also good for the third-furthest distance in the Big Ten this season.In the pole vault, Rashid Coulibaly tied for 16th with a clearance of 16 feet, 5.5 inches, while sophomore Zach Dybul finished 19th overall in the high jump, clearing the bar set at 6-7.On the women’s side, Rayce Albino tied for fourth place in the high jump at the Bryan Clay Invitational with a mark of 12 feet, 9.5 inches, while Jordan Hisbrunner took second place in the heptathlon with 5,369 points — the seventh-best total in program history.Women’s track and field: Badgers set personal records at Stanford InvitationalThe University of Wisconsin women’s track and field team traveled to Stanford University this past weekend to compete in their Read…Lucinda Crouch took ninth place in the 3000 meter steeplechase, finishing in 10 minutes, 22.14 seconds, the fifth-best time in school history.At the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Thursday, Banke Oginni took home first place in the shot put before taking seventh place at the Long Beach Invitational Saturday.Both men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to Madison before traveling to Philadelphia later this week for the historic Penn Relays. The event takes place at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 25-27.