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Statue of Edward Cornwallis

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The Statue of Edward Cornwallis is a statue of the military political figure Edward Cornwallis in Cornwallis Square, Halifax, Nova Scotia, opposite the Canadian National Railway station. The statue was made by J. Massey Rhind and unveiled on 22 June 1931, on the 182nd anniversary of Cornwallis’ arrival to Halifax. Over the last twenty years the existence of a statue of Cornwallis in a public space in Halifax has generated significant controversy. Leading historian John G. Reid writes that the conflicting viewpoints centred around the issue of historical memory, that is, “how the past should be publicly remembered.” He writes that when the Cornwallis statue was created it “was an assertion and a resounding expression of imperial triumph.”

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