A Monument That Said The Crown Was In-charge In Kenya


For the colonial government, monuments such as statues and street names were cultural marks of the colony’s place within the British Empire.

The three main royal monuments in colonial Nairobi were The Queen Victoria statue, the King George V statue (1945) and the King George VI memorial fountain (1957). Of these, only the Queen Victoria statue remains, situated within the Jevanjee Gardens.

The statue of King George V (Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather) stood outside the current Supreme Court and it was pulled down as independence approached in 1963. The Jomo Kenyatta statue that was unveiled in 1973 stands where it used to be.


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