In retaliation, the slave tomb in Britain was broken

LONDON  A slave African man's grave has been "brutally killed" by protesters over a statue of a slave in Bristol city on Thursday, British officials have said.

Two headstones were broken in the 18th century in memory of Scipio Africans living in Bristol. The message trapped in the chalk was that Edward Colston wanted to restore the statue, or that "things would really be taken."

The brightly colored monument is listed as a structure of historical interest in a church in Henbury, Bristol.

"This seems to be a retaliation for the recent events involving the Colston statue," said local official Mark Weston.

Police say the monument at Henbury Parish Church suffered criminal damage. The incident took place on Tuesday or Wednesday and appealed to anyone with information.

Historic England claims that the tomb was an early example of a monument to a man born in slavery and ending his life as a servant in an English aristocracy. He died on December 12, 1720.

During his life, Scipio was a servant of the 7th Earl of Suffolk, Africanus Charles Howard.

Earlier this month, protesters participating in the Black Lives Matter demonstration tore down a bronze statue of Colston from their pillar in Bristol city center. The statue was pulled up to the port and thrown into the water.

Bristol officials recovered the statue and said it would be displayed in the museum along with anti-racist protesters.

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