Penny Lane, Immortalized in Beatles Song, May Have Name Changed Due to Slavery Claim
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The traffic signs for Liverpool Penny Lane, immortalized by the 1967 Beatles song, were recently destroyed because it was claimed that the street was named after the 18th-century slave trader James Penny. The signs said the word Penny and the word "racist" at the end of last week, according to the BBC.
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City subway mayor Steve Rotherham told Sky News if the claims turn out to be true, "If this is a direct result of the street being named Penny Lane because of James Penny, it needs to be investigated." said. "Something has to happen, and I would say that this sign and street may be in danger of being renamed."
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However, the Liverpool International Slavery Museum could not confirm that the street was actually named Penny. A spokesman told the BBC that "more research is needed".
Liverpool City Tour Guide Jackie Spencer said she had already investigated the allegation and "it has nothing to do with slavery," she told the BBC. "James Penny was a slave trader, but he had nothing to do with Penny Lane."
Liverpool has been an important port city and a center of slave trade in Britain for centuries. The city council was criticized on Monday by historian Laurence Westgaph for "not doing enough" to recognize the city's ties to slavery, the BBC said.
Given their connection to Beatles history, it's not surprising that street signs are often blurred with graffiti. You even have Paul McCartney's signature.
"We are actively researching this specific question and will re-evaluate our ad and change it if necessary," added a spokeswoman.
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