Penny Lane, the landmark of the city of Liverpool thanks to the group The Beatles who released the song of the same name in 1967, could be renamed because many believe that the street was named after the slave trader James Penny.
Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool, reported the problem after four street signs were vandalized last week, with the word “racist” written on one of them.
Some people believe that the street was named after James Penny who, in the late 1700s, transported slaves. “If the street was named after James Penny, it must be investigated,” Rotheram said Monday. “Something has to happen and I would say that sign and that road are in danger of being renamed.”
The evidence in this regard is weak. The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool said it was not certain that the street was named after James Penny, and guide Jackie Spencer told the BBC: “I have researched and it has nothing to do with slavery. James Penny was a slave trader but had nothing to do with the Penny Lane area. ”
But Rotheram wants to investigate the origin of the name and plans to take action if there is a connection. “It must be investigated, then, if a direct link is found, action can be taken.”
Penny Lane is one of the many symbols in the world that are now being targeted for change, is considered a tribute to racist figures.