Penny Lane, the Liverpool street immortalized in the Beatles song of the same name, possibly could be renamed after links to slave trade have been brought forth.
Per NME, Penny Lane street signs have recently been vandalized in the past week due to claims the street was associated with James Penny, a slave trader from the 18th century.
Liverpool’s Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham said in a statement, “If it is as a direct consequence of that road being called Penny Lane because of James Penny, then that needs to be investigated. Something needs to happen and I would say that sign and that road may well be in danger of being renamed.
Mayor Rotherham continued, “It’s for other people to decide whether they think it’s appropriate that road sign is taken down, if indeed there is any link to either slavery or other incidences. I’m not pretending or I wouldn’t presume to tell people in communities in the Liverpool city region what they should be thinking. It needs to be investigated and then, if it’s found as a direct link then action can be taken.”
Mayor Rotherham did clarify that, so far, there is no evidence Penny Lane was named after James Penny.
Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum also told NME that there isn’t any conclusive evidence Penny Lane was named after James Penny.