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Standing in this place – Club member Judy was one of the models!

Plans have been unveiled for a statue highlighting the historical connection between women who worked in East Midlands cotton mills and those who grew the plant as slaves in the US.

The aim is for the sculpture to be installed as part of the regeneration of Nottingham’s Broadmarsh area, once home to textile and dye works.

Its creators say it will portray themes of sorrow, strength and resilience.

The plans were unveiled at an exhibition in Derby.

The life-size, bronze statue – called Standing In This Place – is set to be placed in the Broadmarsh area in summer 2024.

It shows an enslaved black woman clasping hands with a white mill worker.

The statue is being created by sculptor Rachel Carter and the Legacy Makers community group, which works to highlight the links the 18th and 19th Century East Midlands cotton industry had with slavery.