Generations later - and facing a global movement to address racial injustices - more museums are responding to calls for the return of these objects that hold great cultural significance for Nigeria.
Germany announced that it would remove more than 500 Benin bronzes from its public museums and work toward a full return of the looted artefacts. And in Scotland, the University of Aberdeen became the first institution to repatriate a Benin bronze back to Nigeria. The British Museum holds more than 900 Benin bronzes, but has not committed to returning them.
In this episode of The Stream, we'll look at the debate over repatriating the Benin bronzes.
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