In video footage from the monumental event, activists can be seen pulling the statue from its plinth by rope, before rolling it through the city and into the harbour - each moment met with roaring cheers from the watching crowd.
Images on social media showed protesters then appearing to kneel on the neck of the statue for eight minutes, recalling how George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police May 25.
Colston, who was born in 1636 to a wealthy merchant family, became prominently involved in England's sole official slaving company at the time, Royal African Co., of which Bristol was at the heart.
People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Bristol on Sunday. He was responsible for transporting more than 100,000 slaves from West Africa.
Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has called on governments across the world to copy the example of the protesters who tore down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol at the weekend. Confederate monuments were taken down in Birmingham, Ala., and Alexandria, Va., while a statue of controversial former mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo was taken down in Philadelphia.
Highlighting that he doesn't support criminal damage, the mayor also said that the toppling is a part of "statue's history', saying that people didn't want it so they gathered together and committed the act".
The interplay between the past and the present in the city, where Colston grew rich on the back of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, has sparked debate in the United Kingdom over structural racism closer to home.
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The Bristol City Council announced Monday it had collected the protest signs demonstrators laid around the statue's now empty pedestal to preserve them for later display in a Bristol museum.
He then retired in Surrey and started funding a series of charitable projects, primarily in Bristol and London, benefitting schools, almshouses, hospitals and churches.
She flagged that authorities agreed to add Colston's involvement in the slave trade on the statue's plaque in 2018 but that no changes had yet been made.
Historic England, a government heritage body, said the local community must now decide what to do with the fallen statue but "we do not believe it must be reinstated".
"He should not be a statue in Bristol or anywhere else".
On Sunday, protesters pulled the statue from its base and dropped it in the city's river, the Avon.
"Whilst history shouldn't be forgotten, these people who benefited from the enslavement of individuals do not deserve the honour of a statue", read the petition. In addition, Bristol's home of music is called Colston Hall but the venue has revealed that it considers a name change.
"I know the removal of the Colston Statue will divide opinion, as the statue itself has done for many years", Rees said.