Road signs on Penny Lane in Liverpool have been defaced over claims they are linked to slave merchant James Penny.
The markers had the word Penny blacked out and the word racist written above them on Thursday night.
The city’s International Slavery Museum said it was not certain whether the street, which was immortalised in a song by The Beatles in 1967, was named after the 18th Century slave merchant.
A spokeswoman said “more research is needed” to clarify the name’s origin.
City tour guide Jackie Spencer, who runs Blue Badge Tour Guides, said she was “absolutely livid”.
“It’s pure ignorance,” she said.
“We’ve researched it and it has nothing to do with slavery. James Penny was a slave trader, but he had nothing to do with the Penny Lane area.”
Local resident Emmett O’Neill, who has helped clean the paint from the signs, said he thought it was “an idiotic act”.
“If you want something removed, there’s ways and means,” he said.
“Defacing Penny Lane signs isn’t going to change a lot [and]it’s the wrong way to go about things.”
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