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BOE to Remove Portraits of Governors Linked to Slave Trade

  • Move comes after global protests over death of George Floyd
  • Central bank revealed slow progress on management diversity
A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in the City of London.

A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in the City of London.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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The Bank of England will remove portraits of former governors linked to the slave trade as protests across the globe sparked by the killing of George Floyd push institutions and businesses to deal with past links to slavery and racism.

The 325-year old central bank said it is reviewing its collection of images of past leaders to ensure none with any involvement remain on display anywhere in the bank.