Reactionary vandalism has now reached a certain state for the whole race inequality fiasco in the United Kingdom, as vandals have been identified to have poured bleach on Black British heritage sites or statues as to defame the figure in response to the recent cultural purge for racist cultural heritage across the country.
Avon and Somerset Police have been found to investigating the relative matters, as the statue of Alfred Fagon, prominent Black playwright and actor Alfred Fagon.
Fagon was born in Jamaica and was a member of the Windrush generation, coming to England as an 18-year-old in 1955.
He settled in Bristol, where he forged a career first as a renowned actor in the 1960s and 70s and then as a playwright and theatre director before he died in 1986.The statue was erected on the first anniversary of his death. He was the first black person to have a statue erected in their honour in the city.
The annual Alfred Fagon Award was named after him.The award honours playwrights of Caribbean or African descent who are resident in the UK.
A police spokeswoman said their men are working to identify the culprits themselves: ‘The incident, which seems to have left the statue covered with an unknown substance, had not previously been reported to police. It’s not clear when it happened but officers have recorded the incident and are making inquiries with Bristol City Council to clarify ownership and establish whether the statue has suffered permanent damage.’
The statue is owned by the Friends of Fagon Committee and maintained by the city council. A spokesman for the authority said: ‘Council officers are investigating and will assess any damage that may have occurred.’
Alfred made his first stage appearance as an actor at the Bristol Arts Centre (off Jamaica Street, St.Paul’s) playing the Nigerian Officer Orara in Henry Living’s play, The Little Mrs Foster Show. After that, he took worked as an extra in television before he researched, wrote and performed John Bull, a play for HTV in 1969.
As he had lived in Bristol in the 1960s and 1970s, and did youth work in Kingswood, much of his early writing was based on his experiences and what he knew about people in St.Paul’s. In 1970, Alfred made his first professional stage appearance in a play in London called Black Pieces.
After that he appeared in many television, film, radio and theatre roles, including BBC television’s five part drama series, Fighting Back.
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