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Oxford college decides to keep contested Cecil Rhodes statue

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LONDON (AP): An Oxford University college says it will not remove a statue of 19th-century politician Cecil Rhodes that has sparked protests from students who call it an emblem of imperialism and racism.
Oriel College says it has decided to keep the statue, but will add "a clear historical context to explain why it is there."

Protest group Rhodes Must Fall, which wanted the statue removed, said Friday that it would continue the fight.

Rhodes was a businessman and politician who gave his name to the nation of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He left money to Oxford on his death in 1902 and created the Rhodes Scholarship program for foreign students.

The Oxford controversy follows a successful campaign to have a statue of Rhodes removed from the University of Cape Town.

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