Pero’s Bridge, the busy pedestrian bridge crossing the harbour, was opened in 1999 and named after Pero Jones - an enslaved African who lived in Bristol. There is a small plaque dedicating the bridge to Pero, but hidden behind bike stands, it is barely visible to passers-by.
We think that Pero’s memory, and the rest of Bristol’s slave trading past, should be properly highlighted at the site, and are calling for a proper noticeboard detailing the history of the slave trade, including Pero’s story, and the recent story of the Colston statue being taken down and thrown into the Harbour not 30 feet from the bridge.
In recent years the bridge has been adorned with thousands of 'love-locks', meant to symbolise the love of the couples that place them. While this love is admirable, the symbolism of covering a bridge dedicated to a slave in padlocks is not acceptable. The locks should be removed, and a different site should be suggested for any future shows of love.
Lib Dem Candidate for Hotwells & Harbourside Alex Hartley standing next to the dedication stone
We the undersigned, call on Bristol City Council to;
- Put up a notice board highlighting the history of Pero Jones, Pero's Bridge, the Bristol Slave Trade & the toppling of the Colston Statue
- Remove the 'lovelocks' from Pero's Bridge as soon as possible