Statue of County Limerick slave owner is removed from US city

first_imgEmail 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 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 WhatsAppcenter_img 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.last_img read more

Cricket News Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series, Ravindra Jadeja named replacement

first_imghighlights Pandya encountered a tough situation when he came out to bat in the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington. India had recovered after a disastrous start of 18/4 thanks to 90 from Ambati Rayudu and partnerships of 98 with Vijay Shankar (45) and 74 with Kedar Jadhav (34). The quick dismissal of Rayudu and Jadhav threatened to stall India’s charge in the death overs and at 205/7 after 46 overs, India were staring at a below par score. Enter Pandya and he change the complexion of the game in a way he knew best. Counterattack. The right-hander launched three consecutive sixes off legspinner Todd Astle, muscled a pull shot off Trent Boult to fine leg with one leg off the ground ala Kapil Dev. The carnage continued when he launched James Neesham for two fours and a six. It took a fine catch from Boult to dismiss Pandya for 45 off 22 balls. India had scored 47 in 3.5 overs to finish on 252 all out on what was described as a ‘difficult wicket’ by Rohit Sharma.The Wellington knock is similar to the way the all-rounder changed the complexion of the game during the Chennai ODI against Australia in 2017. Pandya came to the crease with India in deep trouble at 90/5. Pandya, along with MS Dhoni, got their eye in and kept the scoreboard ticking. After building a solid base, Pandya decided to explode and he chose his moment. He blasted a four and three sixes off legspinner Adam Zampa. Following the onslaught, Pandya hit a boundary every over as India smashed 50 runs in four overs.Initially, his knock of 83, studded with five fours and five sixes and his partnership of 118 with MS Dhoni, who blasted 79 helped India turn the match around in dramatic style to clinch a crucial win. Pandya’s all-round exploits helped India thrash Australia 4-1 in what still remains his best show. The Wellington ODI was termed as a redemption for Pandya, who was facing an uncertain future following his ‘outrageous’ comments on the show Koffee With Karan. New Delhi: In a major blow for the Indian cricket team, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the limited overs series against Australia due to a lower back injury. Ravindra Jadeja has been named as the replacement in the side for the series which will be the last bilateral ODI series for the side before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be begin on May 30. Pandya was suspended for the Australia series due to his controversial comments on the show Koffee With Karan and he made a comeback into the side in the third ODI against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui where he put in some solid performances. This will be the first assignment for Jadeja following the Australia series which India won 2-1. The left-arm all-rounder was not picked for the New Zealand series which India won 4-1.After being picked in the third ODI, Pandya displayed his mental strength following his comeback. First, he took a fine diving catch at midwicket to send Kane Williamson back and break a solid stand with Ross Taylor. His aggressive spell in Mount Maunganui at the death when he got the wickets of Henry Nicholls and Santner drew praise from Taylor, who said, “Hardik brings in a very nice balance to the Indian side. He came in and bowled well, used the change-ups and bumper very well, with the wind as well. We wanted to negate the spinners as much as possible. I thought we were able to do that, but Hardik came in and got some vital wickets and a good catch as well,” Taylor said. Hardik Pandya was suspended for the series against Australia in 2019.Hardik Pandya made some outrageous comments on the show Koffee With Karan.India play two T20Is and five ODIs against Australia in February-March. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more