Jun 15, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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As protests over racial injustice continue, statues and street names with ties to slavery are being given a closer look including one famous street in Liverpool.
Signs on Penny Lane have been defaced, with the word Penny blacked out and ”racist” written above.
The city’s International Slavery Museum, says it’s not certain if the street, immortalized by The Beatles,
was named after 18th Century slave merchant James Penny.
A spokesperson says ”more research is needed” to clarify the origin of the street name.
However a city tour guide is ”absolutely livid.”
Jackie Spencer, who runs Blue Badge Tour Guides, calls it ”pure ignorance.”
”We’ve researched it and it has nothing to do with slavery.  James Penny was a slave trader, but he had nothing to do with the Penny Lane area.
Liverpool was Europe’s most used slave port by 1740 and many of its streets have names linked to slavery.
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