The tribute to locally-born Sir Henry Morton (H.M) Stanley was installed by Denbigh Town Council in March 2010. The sculpture, located outside the library, re-creates the moment he
uttered the phrase - “Dr Livingstone, I presume?” - when he found the
explorer in east Africa in 1871.
One of the petitions campaigning for the Stanley statue to be taken
down states that Stanley "was charged with excessive violence, wanton
destruction, the selling of labourers into slavery, the sexual
exploitation of native women, sex trafficking, and the plundering of
villages for ivory and canoes."
They add that "Stanley was described by his peers as shooting
Africans indiscriminately as if they were wildlife while sailing down