UK news Councillor who proposed Blue Plaque for slave owner withdraws motion last news
MetiNews.Com - PLANS to celebrate Coleraine’s links with slave owner Hercules Mulligan should be withdrawn, the Alliance councillor who brought the proposal to council has said.
Breaking News ! "PLANS to celebrate Coleraine’s links with slave owner Hercules Mulligan should be withdrawn, the Alliance councillor who brought the proposal to council has said. Yvonne Boyle said she did not mean to cause offence to anyone when she brought a motion to the Leisure and Development Committee of the Causeway Coast and Glens Council.She asked for the erection of a Blue Plaque celebrating the area’s connection to Hercules Mulligan but her proposal was amended by Ulster Unionist Councillor Richard Holmes, who suggested it would be more appropriate for council to include him in a heritage trail. This was supported unanimously by the committee two weeks ago and was expected to be fully endorsed at tonight’s full Council Meeting, however as the Belfast Telegraph uncovered most of the councillors on the committee, including Mr Holmes were not aware of Mulligan’s unsavoury past as a slave owner.Mrs Boyle, who was aware Hercules Mulligan was a slave owner when she brought her proposal to council, said the motion should now be abandoned and described the episode as a “learning experience”.She said: “There is a saying, history is a messy business and there is never just one version of events. Hercules Mulligan was a complex character — helping establish the New York Manumission Society but a census five years later now showing he still owned a slave.“This issue was originally taken forward at the request of a constituent in good faith and it was not my intention to offend anyone.“Further details of his slave-owning have emerged subsequently which were not in the public domain at the time. I have met with various groups since then and explained that in person.
.“We all must challenge perceptions of history as it has been written to date. This has been a learning experience for me and I hope for others.”Councillor Richard Holmes said he made the amendment because he didn’t think Causeway Coast and Glens Council should be in the business of erecting Blue Plaques which should remain the job of the Ulster History Circle.He said he was happy for the amendment to be withdrawn.The move has been welcomed by Limavady historian Stephen McCracken who shone a light on Mulligan’s past as a slave owner and said how inappropriate it would be for C,C&G Council to celebrate this.Mr McCracken said: “I am glad Yvonne Boyle has now seen how inappropriate it would be to celebrate Hercules Mulligan even if this has been at the 11th hour.“I, along with others, including members of the North West Migrants Forum have raised this over the past two weeks with the Alliance Party and Mrs Boyle and while other parties were quick to withdraw their support immediately this was not the case with Mrs Boyle but better late than never.“Had this gone ahead it would have been an embarrassment for the council not least because celebrating a man who was a slave owner should never be acceptable. It is highly unlikely Hercules Mulligan was even from Coleraine at all.”"
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