Rejected petition Petition to retitle Ysgol Goronwy Owen, Benllech - currently named after a slave owner.

That is why I've created this petition to re-name 'Ysgol Goronwy Owen'. The school is currently named after Goronwy Owen, who is often considered one of Wales's most accomplished poets. The fact that Owen emigrated to Virginia in 1756, purchased a tobacco and cotton plantation in Brunswick County has not reached popular discourse. We should honour the people we admire, not slave-owning, imperialists who lived off the blood and sweat of those they oppressed.

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the Senedd or Welsh Government is not responsible for.

The naming of Ysgol Goronwy Owen is the responsibility of the Isle of Anglesey Council and the school. Petitions to the Senedd cannot concern an issue that is the operational responsibility of a local authority and, therefore, we are not able to accept a petition on this issue.

You could consider contacting Isle of Anglesey Council, the school or your local representatives about this matter instead.

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