Where is Penny Lane
Motivated by the current "Black Lives Matter" movement, numerous established monuments and even band names are currently being put to the test because they are supposed to be connected to racist, historical figures and concepts. Now Penny Lane in Liverpool could soon be a thing of the past. The street, which was immortalized by the Beatles in their hit song of the same name, which was released in 1967, is said to have been named after the merchant James Penny, who not only advocated the slave trade in the 18th century, but also actively participated in it.
Because of this suspected background, street signs on Penny Lane were recently smeared with the words “racist” and “Penny was a slave trader”. And the International Slavery Museum has now also made an official statement. Penny Lane has long been listed there as part of a list that summarizes all those street names that are related to slavery. But one does not seem to be quite so sure in this particular case.
"It is controversial whether Penny Lane was actually named after James Penny," said an official statement that the museum shared via Twitter, "the evidence is inconclusive". That is why they are currently working actively to get to the bottom of this question in the form of thorough research.
Should the allegation prove to be correct, consider renaming the street, as Liverpool's Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham told Sky News: "Something has to happen and I would say that this sign and this street is actually in danger, yes to be renamed soon. "
The residents of Liverpool are said to be anything but enthusiastic about the disfigurement of their tourist gem and a little later set about removing the color from the affected street signs. Blue Badge Tour Guides CEO Jackie Spencer said in an interview with BBC News: “This vandalism is pure ignorance. We have researched the matter 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. "
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