June 18, 2020 / 5:15 PM / 15 days ago

Bank of England to remove any portraits of former governors linked to slave trade

FILE PHOTO: A security officer stands outside the Bank of England in London, Britain, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England said on Thursday it would remove any portraits still on display within the 325-year-old central bank of former governors or directors with links to the slave trade.

“As an institution, the Bank of England was never itself directly involved in the slave trade, but is aware of some inexcusable connections involving former Governors and Directors and apologises for them,” a spokesperson for the Bank said.

“The Bank has commenced a thorough review of its collection of images of former Governors and Directors to ensure none with any such involvement in the slave trade remains on display anywhere in the Bank,” the spokesperson added.

Reporting by Huw Jones, writing by David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison

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