Thursday June 20, 2019

Weymouth Ceremony in UK: Buxton Anti-Slavery Monument Unveiled

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton was an MP in Weymouth and a strong advocate for anti-slavery.

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Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. Wikimedia.
  • In a dedication ceremony held on Monday 5th June 2017, the Thomas Fowell Buxton Society unveiled a monument in memory of the former Weymouth MP
  • Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton was an anti-slavery campaigner in the 19th century and a great philanthropist
  • The entire funding of the monument is paid for in the form of donations and fundraising

Who was Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton? 

Sir Buxton was a former Member of Parliament for Weymouth, United Kingdom (Position he held from 1818-1837). He was famous for his anti-slavery campaigns and his successful contributions in the abolishment of slavery throughout the British Empire by 1833 (with the exception of India). The people of Weymouth loved him and have “grown up with his legacy”.

He was the founding member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which later became Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Late Sir Buxton was “a man of great integrity,” said Dr. John Fannon, the Society Founding Member. He was also a “great philanthropist”. 

About the Monument:

Family, friends and the society of Weymouth gathered to celebrate the unveiling ceremony of the monument in Weymouth’s Bincleaves Green. This is not the first monument in memory of Sir Buxton. His memorials can be seen in London, Jamaica, and Sierra Leone too. According to BBC, the monument costs £90,000. It was funded in the form of donations and fundraising events.

The Monument at Bincleaves Green, Weymouth. Image courtesy: The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society (from their website).

Peter Loizou, a former Weymouth College student, is the man behind the design of the monument. The stone for the monument comes from Albion Stone, Portland.

A total of 144 stones were used to build the monument. The stones were carved by the student of Weymouth College under the supervision and expertise of Master Craftsman Richard Mortimer.

The monument had been under construction since the year 2010 and was completed by November 2016.

To know more about Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, click here. We would like to thank Dr. John Fannon, Founding Member of The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society for his support to this article.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter@Saksham2394

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Trump Gets the Royal Treatment with State Visit to the United Kingdom

U.S. President Donald Trump is in Britain for a visit that includes meeting with the royal family

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L), U.S. President Donald Trump (L), First Lady Melania Trump (C), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, June 3, 2019. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump is in Britain for a visit that includes meeting with the royal family, a state dinner and talks with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

The day full of pomp and circumstance began with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth greeting Trump and his wife Melania after they arrived at Buckingham Palace by helicopter Monday. After a welcoming ceremony that included a 41-gun salute, the Trumps had a private lunch with the queen and a tour of the palace art gallery.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, left, pose for a photo with Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall prior to afternoon tea at Clarence House, in London, June 3, 2019. VOA

The rest of the day included inspecting the Guard of Honor formed by the Grenadier Guards, a tour of historic Westminster Abbey, and tea with Prince Charles at his London home, Clarence House.

But the highlight of the day was the white-tie-and-tiaras state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Besides the queen and her husband Prince Philip, other royals in attendance included Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

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Also at the dinner were Trump’s four adult children — Donald Trump Jr.; Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner; Eric Trump and his wife, Lara; and Tiffany Trump.

Trump said in this toast that the liberation of millions from tyranny in World War II “forever sealed” the bond between Britain and the United States.

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U.S President Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania and Britain’s Prince Andrew, second left, places a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during a tour of Westminster Abbey in central London, June 3, 2019. VOA

In her toast, the queen said, “Tonight, we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.”

Noticeably absent from the Trumps’ day was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the American-born wife of Prince Harry who is on maternity leave after giving birth to a son last month. She had been critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Before leaving Washington, Trump said his trip would be “very interesting” and that he thinks the United States and Britain have an opportunity to work out a “very big trade deal” in the near future.

Trump wades into Brexit debate

His visit comes as Britain is in the midst of political turmoil, as May is scheduled to resign on Friday after failing to complete Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth review items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, June 3, 2019. VOA

That process will be inherited by her successor, with no clear path to a resolution among sharply divided parties.

Trump has publicly backed former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, and told reporters late Sunday he may meet with Johnson and pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage while he is in London.

‘Stone, cold, loser’

What is certainly not on his agenda is a meeting with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who wrote in The Observer newspaper that welcoming Trump for a state visit is “un-British.” He cited Trump’s sharing of tweets from a “British far-right racist group,” the president’s rejection of scientific evidence of climate change, and Trump “trying to interfere shamelessly” in the race to replace May.

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When asked if he would be open to meeting with Khan, Trump said Sunday, “No, I don’t think much of him.”

Upon landing in London, Trump continued his attack on Khan, calling him a “stone cold loser” who “has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.”

Trump’s trip will also include D-Day commemoration ceremonies in both Britain and France, and a stop in Ireland. (VOA)