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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — An updated, brand-new statue of President Abraham Lincoln is now standing in the Wilkinsburg Borough Building. READ MORE: Lawmakers Renew Push For Legislation Allowing College Athletes To Get Paid It was unveiled at a small ceremony on Tuesday morning. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Aaron Sledge) The Wilkinsburg Historical Society has spent two years raising the money for the new statue. According to the Trib, the Historical Society’s president started a GoFundMe page in order to fund the operation. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: 2nd Shots Given To All Skilled Nursing Facility Residents, Employees Who Wanted Vaccine Sculptor Susan Wagner created the new bronze statue of Lincoln. The old copper statue of Lincoln was taken down and hauled away Monday to make way for the new one. “Hundreds of people wanted to see Abraham Lincoln standing on that hill again at the intersection. Some...
    A statue of Abraham Lincoln freeing a slave has been removed in downtown Boston. “The decision for removal acknowledged the statue’s role in perpetuating harmful prejudices and obscuring the role of Black Americans in shaping the nation’s freedoms,” the Boston Art Commission said in a statement posted on its website. Known as the Emancipation Group statue or the Freedman’s Memorial, the statue has been in place near Boston Common since 1879 and depicts Lincoln standing over a newly freed slave, Archer Alexander. An inscription on the statue reads, “A race set free/and the country at peace/Lincoln/Rests from his labors.” "The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission began a public engagement process over the summer that led to the decision to remove and relocate the Emancipation Group statue ... As expressed by so many during the public process this year, we fully agree that the...
    (CNN)A Boston statue depicting a formerly enslaved man kneeling beneath President Abraham Lincoln was removed Tuesday morning, according to the mayor's office. The "Emancipation Group" statue has stood in Park Square since 1879. The Boston Art Commission voted to remove it in June after two public hearings and hundreds of letters and survey responses."We're pleased to have taken it down this morning," a spokeswoman for Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement to CNN."As expressed by so many during the public process this year, we fully agree that the statue should be relocated to a new publicly accessible location where its history and context can be better explained," the spokeswoman said. "The decision for removal acknowledges the statue's role in perpetuating harmful prejudices and obscuring the role of Black Americans in shaping the nation's fight for freedom."Walsh's office said that the statue was moved to a storage facility until a...
    A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet — optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice — has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston.  Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, early Tuesday from a park just off Boston Common where it had stood since 1879.  City officials agreed in late June to take down the memorial after complaints and a bitter debate over the design. Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged at the time that the statue made residents and visitors alike "uncomfortable."  The bronze statue is a copy of a monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue's white creator, Thomas Ball.  It was created to celebrate the freeing of enslaved people in...
    A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet — optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice — has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, early Tuesday from a park just off Boston Common where it had stood since 1879. City officials had agreed in late June to take down the memorial after complaints and a bitter debate over the design. Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged at the time that the statue made residents and visitors alike “uncomfortable.” The bronze statue is a copy of a monument that was erected in Washington, DC, three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue’s white creator, Thomas Ball. It was created to celebrate the freeing of slaves in America...
    A statue of a freed slave kneeling at the feet of Abraham Lincoln was removed from downtown Boston early Tuesday. The Emancipation Memorial featuring the former president was taken down by city workers where it has stood near Boston Common since 1879, The Associated Press reported. The bronze statue is inscribed with the text: “A race set free and the country at peace. Lincoln rests from his labors.” The statue was reportedly inspired in part by Archer Alexander, a Black man who escaped slavery went on to help the Union Army. He was the last man recaptured under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The Boston Arts Commission in July voted to remove the statute from public grounds over criticism that it misrepresented complex U.S. history and minimized Black Americans’ role in the abolition movement and Civil War. Many objected to the optics of a Black man kneeling in broken shackles before...
    A statue depicting a formerly enslaved man kneeling before President Abraham Lincoln was taken down in Boston, CBS Boston reported Tuesday  The Emancipation Group Memorial was removed after critics deemed the monument to be demeaning and racist. Among them was social media influencer Tory Bullock, who started a petition over the summer to remove the statue. "It's an amazing funeral, I'm here to provide a silent eulogy for this piece of artwork that's been here for 141 years," Bullock told CBS Boston on Tuesday as the monument was being hauled away.  "I'm proud, I'm Black, and I'm young," he said. "This image has been doing a lot of disservice to African-Americans in Boston and now it stops." He also shared a video showing the statue being rolled away in a truck on Tuesday. He captioned the post with a timeline of the statue's existence in the Park Square.  1879 - 2020...
    A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet – optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice – has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, early Tuesday from a park just off Boston Common, where it had stood since 1879. City officials had agreed in late June to take down the memorial after complaints and a bitter debate over the design. Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged at the time that the statue made residents and visitors alike "uncomfortable." TAKE 'EM ALL DOWN? 10 OF THE WORLD'S ICONIC STATUES AND WHY THEY COULD BE REMOVED The bronze statue is a copy of a monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue’s White...
    By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet — optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice — has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, early Tuesday from a park just off Boston Common where it had stood since 1879. City officials had agreed in late June to take down the memorial after complaints and a bitter debate over the design. Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged at the time that the statue made residents and visitors alike “uncomfortable.” The bronze statue is a copy of a monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue’s white creator, Thomas Ball. It was created to...
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison student government recently approved a resolution that calls for the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln on campus. The resolution claims that the statue is a “racist remnant” of “white supremacy.” According to a report by Campus Reform, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently passed a resolution that calls on administrators to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln. The resolution argues that the statue is a “racist remnant” of “white supremacy.” The resolution, which passed by unanimous consent, was drafted by student Kevin Jacobson. Jacobson argued that the Lincoln statue should be removed because it was donated by newspaper owner Richard Lloyd Jones, who was controversial for his stances on a number of issues. “Campus fixtures like the Chamberlin Rock and the Abraham Lincoln statue and other campus buildings named after people who serve as remnants of this school’s history of white supremacy,” the...
    John Lennon's son Sean on Monday took to Twitter to mock the toppling of a Lincoln statue in Portland following a night of unrest in the Oregon city on Sunday.  Sean Ono Lennon, 45, then sarcastically suggested that 'the Pyramids should be torn down immediately' because the 'evil Pharaohs were not very woke'. The son of Beatles legend John was responding to events in Portland where protesters on Sunday overturned statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and vandalized the Oregon Historical Society in a declaration of 'rage' toward Columbus Day. Outspoken Ono Lennon also mocked the vandals, suggesting the Italians be held accountable for Emperor Julius Caesar. He wrote: 'Can someone explain why it appears a Lincoln statue was toppled in Portland? Asking for a friend.' John Lennon's son Sean on Monday took to Twitter to asks 'why a Lincoln statue was toppled in Portland' following a night of unrest in...
    Demonstrators reportedly took down Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln statues in downtown Portland, Oregon, as they destroyed and vandalized other property on Sunday night, according to The Oregonian. The demonstration was declared a riot and police ordered protesters to disperse, The Oregonian reported. Police reportedly made several arrests about an hour after the statues were taken down. The demonstration was advertised as an “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” on social media, The Oregonian reported. Organizers reportedly called for “direct action” and told live streamers and photographers they weren’t welcome at the event, according to The Oregonian. “F— all you colonizers!…Everyone of you that’s against Black Lives Matter can f— the f— off.” Antifa rioters in the process of toppling the Portland statue of Roosevelt using chains. They were soon successful in pulling it down. #PortlandRiots https://t.co/XZVbVhJS41 — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 12, 2020 Protesters reportedly told observers to delete...
    Rioters in Portland, Oregon, toppled statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln Sunday night, declaring a "day of rage" in anticipation of Columbus Day. According to the Associated Press, the rioters assembled for "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage," referring to "Indigenous Peoples Day," an alternative holiday to Columbus Day favored by progressive activists who accuse famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus of committing acts of genocide against Native Americans. The AP noted that President Roosevelt "expressed hostility towards Native Americans, once saying: 'I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every 10 are.'" OregonLive reported that nearly 200 people made up the crowd marching through downtown Portland, most dressing in head-to-toe black and some wielding melee weapons. The organizers of the event prohibited video livestreaming and photographs of their...
    (CNN)Protesters in Portland, Oregon, pulled down statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday evening and also vandalized some businesses, police said.The action happened the evening of an "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage" -- the day before the federally recognized Columbus Day -- in which activists had called for people to start marching at 7:30 p.m., according to a flyer on social media. One flyer instructed people to "wear black, cover up" in addition to saying that photos, videos and streamers were not allowed. People gathered around the Abraham Lincoln statue, which was pulled down on Sunday night.Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen said police declared the protest a riot. Portland has had regular protests against police brutality and racial injustice since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May. In addition to being pulled down, the Lincoln statue had "Dakota 38" spray painted on its base, photos show. Read...
    Rioters in Portland tore down statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt Sunday night in an organized protest called the “Indigenous Day of Rage.” “The Abraham Lincoln statue in Portland was toppled tonight by the 'indigenous' faction of antifa who organized a ‘day of rage,’” journalist Andy Ngo tweeted, accompanied by video footage of the statue. The Abraham Lincoln statue in Portland was toppled tonight by the “indigenous” faction of antifa who organized a “day of rage.” #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/HJ6ul7p4Hi— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 12, 2020 Police declared a riot Sunday evening after a crowd gathered and planned to “pull down a statue with a chain.” Law enforcement officials ordered rioters to disperse or they would face “arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including, but not limited to tear gas and impact weapons.” The “Indigenous Day of Rage” is in response to Columbus Day, a federal holiday celebrated on Monday. ...
    Droves of protesters in Portland, Ore, took down the statues of the late Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on Sunday in demonstrations that had reportedly been billed online as “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” by organizers. According to The Oregonian, a group of nearly 200 protesters marched through parts of the town on Sunday night — some carrying weapons, shields and red paint — and toppled both statues before breaking multiple windows at the Oregon Historical Society. The first statue to come down was that of Roosevelt, who has been known to have expressed racist attitudes toward Native Americans, and then Lincoln’s statue. The paper reported that protesters also painted “Dakota 38” on the base of the latter, referring to the number of Dakota men that were hanged after the Dakota-U.S. War under Lincoln. Both statues had reportedly been gifted to the city during the 1920s. A banner that read...
    Portland, Oregon — Protesters overturned statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln here Sunday night in a declaration of "rage" toward Columbus Day. Protest organizers dubbed the event "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage," in response to Monday's federal holiday named after 15th-century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, a polarizing figure who Native American advocates have said spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas. The group threw chains around Roosevelt's statue, officially titled "Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider." They threw red paint on the monument and began using a blowtorch on the statue's base, news outlets reported. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The crowd pulled down the statue just before 9 p.m. The group later turned their attention toward Lincoln's statue, pulling it down about eight minutes later. Historians have said Roosevelt expressed hostility toward Native Americans, once saying: "I don't...
    Statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were torn down in Portland last night as rioting returned to the city on the eve of Columbus Day.   In what organizers called an 'Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage', the two statues were torn down in the space of 10 minutes by protesters who toppled the monuments and defaced the plinths before smashing windows at the Historical Society.   Lincoln was condemned by protesters for the hangings of 38 Native American warriors who were executed on Lincoln's orders after an uprising in 1862 - although he reprieved hundreds of others.  Theodore Roosevelt also made an enemy of Native Americans, once saying that 'I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of 10 are.'  A statue of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback lies on the ground while his statue is defaced with...
    Portland absorbed another night of violent protests Sunday that resulted in the toppling of two statues in the city and reports of numerous buildings with their windows smashed in, including the Oregon Historical Society. The unrest was reportedly tied to the "Day of Rage," on Columbus Day eve. Andy Ngo, a journalist who has been documenting the unrest in the city, posted images of the destruction on Twitter. The Oregonian reported that protesters managed to bring down statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING Ngo posted a video of what he identified as the protesters toppling the statue of Roosevelt, which depicts the former president riding on horseback. The video showed a rope tied around the statue and protesters could be heard cheering when the statue shifted. VideoOne person could be heard saying,  “F--- all you colonizers. Every one of you that’s against Black Lives Matter can f--- the f---...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is calling for the removal of the likenesses of slave owners Stephen Douglas and Pierre Menard from the grounds of the state capitol. Madigan announced Thursday, when the Illinois House returns to session later this year, he will ask state representatives to vote to remove Douglas’ portrait from the House chamber, and to replace it with a portrait of former President Barack Obama. In the meantime, he is taking steps to cover Douglas’ portrait as soon as possible. “Memorializing people and a time that allowed slavery and fostered bigotry and oppression has no place in the Illinois House, where the work of all Illinoisans is conducted. We can only move forward in creating a more just world when these symbols of hate are removed from our everyday lives,” Madigan said in a statement on Thursday. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants this...
    Frederick Douglass criticized the design of the Emancipation Monument in Washington, D.C. days after it was unveiled in 1876, according to a recently discovered newspaper clipping, the Wall Street Journal reported. Douglass conveyed his disapproval five days after the statue, depicting a kneeling black man under a standing Abraham Lincoln, was unveiled in a letter to the National Republican newspaper, the WSJ reported. Douglass, who also spoke at the statue’s unveiling, said in his letter that the freed slave could have been shown in a more honorable way. “The negro here, though rising, is still on his knees and nude. What I want to see before I die is a monument representing the negro, not couchant on his knees like a four-footed animal, but erect on his feet like a man,” Douglass wrote in his letter to the editor, the WSJ reported. The monument has become a target of activists...
    Left-wing activists succeeded in forcing the removal of more statues and monuments across the country on Wednesday as statues of General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and Italian explorer Christopher Columbus were taken down. The statue of Stonewall Jackson, a Confederate General, was removed in Richmond, Virginia, after Richmond Democrat Mayor Levar Stoney, “bucking advice from the city attorney and relying on emergency powers, dispatched a crew to take down the statue after the City Council delayed a vote on removing it along with three others owned by the city along the avenue,” The Washington Post reported. WATCH: Work crews removed a statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson from its pedestal along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue, just hours after the mayor ordered the removal of all Confederate statues from city land. https://t.co/ni7QZRgVVx pic.twitter.com/7WooBI4S6b — ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2020 The statue of Columbus was taken down in Columbus, Ohio,...
    Medgars wings must be clapping: With Mississippi flag vote, Myrlie Evers hopes America can come together 22 Companies That Have Filed for Bankruptcy Since the Pandemic Began — and 16 That Could Be Next Boston is taking down a statue of Abraham Lincoln standing over a freed Black man © Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images The Abraham Lincoln Statue, erected in 1879, by Thomas Ball, is viewed in Park Square in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16, 2020. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images The Boston Art Commission voted to remove "Freedman's Memorial" from the city's Park Square on Tuesday night.  The statue depicts a formerly enslaved man in broken shackles kneeling before former President Abraham Lincoln.  Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said in a statement that people had been calling for the statue's removal for years, over criticism that it was racist.  Calls to remove it were renewed in June...
    A statue depicting former President Abraham Lincoln freeing a slave will be removed after 141 years in Boston. Boston Art Commission members unanimously voted this week to remove the statue following accusations that it is racially insensitive due to the slave kneeling before Lincoln. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh also supported the commission’s vote. “After engaging in a public process, it’s clear that residents and visitors to Boston have been uncomfortable with this statue, and its reductive representation of the Black man’s role in the abolitionist movement,” Walsh said in a statement. “I fully support the Boston Art Commission’s decision for removal and thank them for their work.” Known as the Emancipation Group statue or the Freedman’s Memorial, the statue has been in place near Boston Common since 1879 and depicts Lincoln standing over a newly-freed slave, Archer Alexander. An inscription on the statue reads, “A race set free/and...
    By Gabriella Borter (Reuters) - Boston officials have voted to remove "The Emancipation Group" statue depicting Abraham Lincoln and an enslaved Black man from a city square, saying its "reductive representation" of the slave made it unfit for public art. The unanimous decision, by the Boston Art Commission, late on Tuesday followed a month of nationwide protests against racism that led to the toppling of Confederate monuments honoring figures from the pro-slavery side in the American Civil War. The Commission said in a joint statement with Mayor Martin Walsh that it had not yet decided on a date for the removal of "The Emancipation Group statue," a replica of a statue in Washington, D.C. The Boston statue was installed in Park Square in 1879. "After engaging in a public process, it’s clear that residents and visitors to Boston have been uncomfortable with this statue, and its reductive representation of the...
    A group of university students in Wisconsin are calling for the removal of Abraham Lincoln's statue at their campus, calling it 'a symbol of white supremacy'. The statue, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has sat on top of Bascom Hill, looking down State Street toward the Capitol Dome, since 1906.   New students rub Lincoln's left shoe for good luck, and his lap often serves as a prop for seniors seeking a commencement photo.  Yet in light of a wave of statues being pulled down across the country, following George Floyd's May 25 killing and subsequent protests, the Black Student Union and Student Inclusion Committee are calling for Lincoln's removal from their campus. 'For him to be at the top of Bascom as a powerful placement on our campus, it's a single-handed symbol of white supremacy,' said Nalah McWhorter, Black Student Union president, in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal.  ...
    A Boston committee has voted unanimously to remove a statue of a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln’s feet, ABC News reported. Since 1879, the monument, entitled “Emancipation,” or more officially, “The Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial,” has stood in Boston. The statue, which is an exact copy of a monument that had been erected 3 years earlier in Washington, D.C., depicts a freed slave (not intended to be a specific person) kneeling at the feet of Abraham Lincoln. Boston was given a copy of the statue because its creator, Thomas Ball, was himself a Bostonian. The inscription on both monuments reads, “A race set free and the country at peace. Lincoln rests from his labors.” However, for years, the city has faced calls for its removal. Opponents say the monument, though well-intentioned in its day, depicts a scene that is downright cringe-inducing when viewed through the lens of...
    Student activists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are calling for a statue of former President Abraham Lincoln, who ended slavery, to be removed because, they say, Lincoln is a “symbol of white supremacy.” “Two student organizations, the Black Student Union and the Student Inclusion Coalition, pushed for the statue’s removal in early June, days after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody and protests erupted nationally over racial injustice,” The Wisconsin State Journal reported. “The students’ efforts gained newfound attention after protesters tore down two other statues at the state Capitol earlier this week — one of Civil War abolitionist Hans Christian Heg and another of a female figure that represents the state’s ‘Forward’ motto.” Hans Christian Heg was “an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The female figure that represented the state’s “Forward” motto was an “allegory of devotion and...
    The Boston Arts Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a public monument depicting President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed slave. The Emancipation Memorial in Park Square — a replica of the original standing in Washington, D.C. — will be taken down with an art conservator “to document, recommend how the bronze statue is removed, supervise its removal and placement into temporary storage,” the motion reads. “As we continue our work to make Boston a more equitable and just city, it’s important that we look at the stories being told by the public art in all our neighborhoods,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who supported the statue’s removal, said in a statement. Opponents of the statue voiced criticisms since its installation in 1879, Walsh noted. They argue not against Lincoln but the statue’s depiction of a freed slave, which they described as the result of toxic view held by...
    The Boston Arts Fee voted unanimously Tuesday night time to take away a public monument depicting President Abraham Lincoln standing earlier than a freed slave. The Emancipation Memorial in Park Sq. — a reproduction of the unique standing in Washington, D.C. — will probably be taken down with an artwork conservator “to doc, advocate how the bronze statue is eliminated, supervise its removing and placement into momentary storage,” the movement reads. “As we proceed our work to make Boston a extra equitable and simply metropolis, it’s vital that we have a look at the tales being advised by the general public artwork in all our neighborhoods,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who supported the statue’s removing, mentioned in an announcement. Opponents of the statue voiced criticisms since its set up in 1879, Walsh famous. They argue not towards Lincoln however the statue’s depiction of a freed slave, which they described...
    The Boston Arts Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a public monument depicting President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed slave. The Emancipation Memorial in Park Square — a replica of the original standing in Washington, D.C. — will be taken down with an art conservator “to document, recommend how the bronze statue is removed, supervise its removal and placement into temporary storage,” the motion reads. “As we continue our work to make Boston a more equitable and just city, it’s important that we look at the stories being told by the public art in all our neighborhoods,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who supported the statue’s removal, said in a statement. Opponents of the statue voiced criticisms since its installation in 1879, Walsh noted. They argue not against Lincoln but the statue’s depiction of a freed slave, which they described as the result of toxic view held by slaveholders...
    The Boston Art Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to remove a statue commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. The statue, erected in 1879, was the focus of criticism in the wake of protests after the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Some protests had turned violent and targeted statues and monuments considered racist. The statue is called Emancipation Memorial in Park Square and includes a slave based on the historical figure Archer Alexander who helped the Union army, escaped slavery and was later captured by fugitive slave hunters. The statue is a replica of the Washington, D.C., statue designed by sculptor Thomas Ball in 1876. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement of support for the decision. "As we continue our work to make Boston a more equitable and just city, it's important that we look at the stories...
    By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Boston's arts commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln’s feet. The commission had fielded escalating complaints about the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, as a nation confronting racial injustice rethinks old imagery. The statue has stood in a park just off Boston Common since 1879. It's a copy of an identical monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue's white creator, Thomas Ball. Although the monument was created to celebrate the freeing of slaves in America, its design disturbed many who objected to the optics of a Black man kneeling before Lincoln. “What I heard today is that it hurts to look at this piece, and in...
    BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s arts commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln’s feet. The commission had fielded escalating complaints about the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, as a nation confronting racial injustice rethinks old imagery. The statue has stood in a park just off Boston Common since 1879. It’s a copy of an identical monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue’s white creator, Thomas Ball. Although the monument was created to celebrate the freeing of slaves in America, its design disturbed many who objected to the optics of a Black man kneeling before Lincoln. “What I heard today is that it hurts to look at this piece, and in the Boston landscape, we should not...
    Some University of Wisconsin students are pushing for a statue of Abraham Lincoln to be removed from the Madison campus over his treatment of indigenous groups and black people. The Black Student Union and the Student Inclusion Coalition, both student organizations, called for the statue's removal in early June, despite Lincoln ending slavery in the United States. The Black Student Union argues Lincoln's legacy also includes several actions that harmed people of color. He ordered the largest mass execution in U.S. history -- 38 Dakota men by hanging -- and signed the Homestead Act, which gave settlers land forcibly taken from Native Americans, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT AMERICAN MONUMENTS Some students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are calling for a statue of Abraham Lincoln on campus to be removed.  (Google Maps) “For him to be at the top of Bascom [Hill] as a powerful placement on our campus, it’s a single-handed...
    Students at the University of Madison are calling for a statue of President Lincoln to be torn down. The statue is on the Wisconsin campus, and at least these lunatics are not just tearing this one down. For now, at least, this comes as a polite request by way of the Black Student Union. “He was also very publicly anti-Black,” Nalah McWhorter, president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union said in a statement. “Just because he was anti-slavery doesn’t mean he was pro-Black. He said a lot in his presidential campaigns. His fourth presidential campaign speech, he said that he believes there should be an inferior and superior, and he believes white people should be the superior race.” So far, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is refusing to remove the statue. “Like those of all presidents, Lincoln’s legacy is complex and contains actions which, 150 years later, appear flawed,” she said...
    A student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is calling for the school to remove its popular Abraham Lincoln statue, saying the president who is known as the "Great Emancipator" is a symbol of racism. The statue has sat atop the university's Bascom Hill for more than a century and is a popular backdrop for graduate photos, according to WISC-TV. But students in the university's black student union say that its continued presence on campus ignores the 16th president's stated opinions against racial equality. "He was also very publicly anti-Black," Nalah McWhorter, the president of UW-Madison's black student union, said. "Just because he was anti-slavery doesn't mean he was pro-black." "He said a lot in his presidential campaigns. His fourth presidential campaign speech, he said that he believes there should be an inferior and superior, and he believes white people should be the superior race," she added. ...
    A historical reenactor who portrays the freed slave who donated the first $5 to build the Abraham Lincoln statue in Washington DC that is currently under fire has spoken out, saying that protesters who want to tear it down don't understand its history. Marcia Cole is a member of the Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) who portrays Charlotte Scott, the freed slave who pledged her first wages to the statue in 1865 upon hearing of Lincoln's assassination. The statue, which was the first ever built of Lincoln and was meant to symbolize his role in ending slavery in the U.S., was funded entirely by donations from former slaves, including many black Union veterans, according to the National Park Service. Over the past week, Black Lives Matter protesters have vowed to tear the statue down, saying that its depiction of the kneeling freed slave before Lincoln is demeaning and racist. 'I'm here to...
    The depiction of Abraham Lincoln freeing a slave — immortalized as a statue in D.C.’s Lincoln Park — has been at the center of recent controversy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Protests spurred by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May are continuing for a fourth week this weekend in the District. WTOP will be covering developments on Saturday, throughout D.C., beginning with the Black Mamas March that began late in the morning of June 27 along Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Navy Memorial Plaza. There are a number of events Saturday, expected to be a typical muggy, hot late-June day in D.C. with temperatures potentially reaching the mid-90s. WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez will be reporting throughout the day and evening, checking in with different protest groups between Pennsylvania Avenue, Black Lives Matter Plaza and eventually making his way to a “No More Cops in our...
    The Emancipation Memorial in D.C.’s Lincoln Park depicts a freed slave kneeling at the feet of President Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Calls are intensifying for the removal of the statue as the nation confronts racial injustice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Protesters continued to gather Friday around D.C. a month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The ongoing demonstrations Friday included a gathering at Lincoln Park, demanding the removal of the nearly 150-year-old Emancipation Memorial, which depicts President Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling, freed slave. The Freedom Neighborhood, which hosted the gathering, wrote on Instagram that the statue “embodies the racial undertones of Black people being inferior to white people,” and called for the statue’s removal. WTOP’s Ken Duffy reported from Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House that a crowd of people had gathered and looked to be prepared for another long...
    Barriers have been erected around Abraham Lincoln's emancipation memorial in Washington DC after protesters, angry that the freed blacks who funded the sculpture had no say in the design, have pledged to tear it down. The Emancipation memorial in Washington DC depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln's feet.   Critics said the statue, originally constructed in 1876 to celebrate liberation, looks more like black subservience and white supremacy in 2020.   The Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, was erected in Washington's Lincoln Park in 1876.  A copy of the Washington statue was also installed in Boston, home to the statue's white creator Thomas Ball, in 1879. The Boston figure is also on the radar of campaigners and a petition is being circulated to have the memorial removed.    Protesters for and against the removal of the Emancipation Memorial debate in Lincoln Park yesterday...
    A controversial statue in Washington, D.C., and replicated in Boston, has a history that many people who currently oppose the statues might not know, according to reports. Both statues depict President Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling black man who is newly freed from slavery. Critics of the statues claim the image communicates the black man's subservience -- and have called for the statues in both cities to be removed. But the idea for the statue started with a formerly enslaved woman who wanted to pay homage to Lincoln after he was assassinated in 1865, according to the National Park Service. DC PROTESTERS CONDEMN EMANCIPATION MEMORIAL IN LINCOLN PARK Charlotte Scott, of Virginia, used the first $5 she earned after being freed from slavery to launch a fundraising campaign, the park service said. The Emancipation Memorial in Washington's Lincoln Park, depicting a freed slave kneeling at the feet of President...
    Pedestrians pass the Lincoln Park Emancipation statue, which depicts President Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling, freed man, in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2020. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) A statue of President Abraham Lincoln standing over a freed slave in D.C. is under renewed scrutiny, with protesters announcing their intention to tear down the monument Thursday. Calls for the removal of the nearly 150-year-old Emancipation Memorial at Lincoln Park near Capitol Hill have intensified this week. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said Tuesday that she plans to introduce legislation in Congress to remove the statue. “This statue has been controversial from the start,” Norton said Tuesday. “It is time it was placed in a museum.” But, at a peaceful protest around the statue on Tuesday, organizers said they would return at 7 p.m. Thursday to tear down the statue. A number of historical monuments across the...
    As leftist agitators have set their sights on the Washington, DC, Emancipation Memorial depicting President Abraham Lincoln and a freed black man, a group of black historians are calling for it to remain in the city park where it was placed in 1876. Despite threats to tear it down, some are noting fundraising began for the memorial when Charlotte Scott “used the first $5 she earned in freedom to kick off a fundraising campaign as a way of paying homage to Lincoln after he was assassinated in 1865,” WJLA reported. "He is in the act of getting up. And his head is up, not bowed, because hes looking forward to a future of freedom." Some want D.C.s Lincoln statue gone. Others point out: Freed Black Americans paid for it. STORY: https://t.co/yAGuMpXHdk pic.twitter.com/u6qn91JDFq — ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) June 22, 2020 “I’m here to speak on behalf of the...
    BLACK Lives Matter protesters are reportedly planning to topple a statue of Lincoln on Capitol Hill. The statue in Lincoln Park depicts the 16th president with a slave kneeling next to him, wearing nothing but a loin cloth and shackles. 14 Demonstrators have called for the Emancipation Memorial to be taken down in Washington DCCredit: Getty Images - Getty 14 Protesters gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza on June 24 amid ongoing demonstrationsCredit: Getty Images - Getty An online petition calling to remove The Emancipation Memorial has gained momentum, and one Washington DC lawmaker said she wants to introduce legislation calling to remove it. Protesters, however, have made plans to tear down the statue themselves later today, The Wall Street Journal reported. As demonstrators gathered in Lincoln Park on Tuesday, they condemned the design and set plans to tear down the statue on Thursday. Some online posts have indicated the...
    As protests and riots have expanded across the country, so have the targets of demonstrators' ire. First, rioters went after police-related items, especially precincts and cop cars. Then their attention turned to Confederate flags and statues, as well as memorials to Christopher Columbus. Now their list of unacceptable structures includes those dedicated to abolitionists, Founding Fathers, generals who defeated the Confederate South, and emancipators — and even a famous progressive president. The most recent example reportedly occurred in Manhattan's Union Square Park where police say they busted a 37-year-old man Wednesday in the act of defacing the park's statue of George Washington in broad daylight, the New York Post reported. According to the cops, the suspect was caught just shortly before noon writing "slave owner" on the statue and had bottles of paint, cans of spray paint, and multiple brushes. The suspect, Richard Maye,...
    Hundreds of troops with the Washington, D.C., National Guard have mobilized to protect monuments in the nation's capital, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News on Wednesday. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt requested the action earlier this week, as protesters target statues and other historical markers during ongoing demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's police custody death in Minneapolis at the end of May. TRUMP ISSUES WARNING AMID VANDALISM, EFFORT TO TOPPLE ANDREW JACKSON STATUE  Protesters on Monday attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square by the White House, and defaced it with the phrase "killer scum," Reuters reported. Berhardt said afterward that he visited Lafayette Square and witnessed the destruction. He said the country “will not bow to anarchists," and that "law and order will prevail, and justice will be served.” The Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial were also defaced in earlier protests. During a protest on Tuesday that took place in front of...
    Protesters vowed to return to Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Park to tear down the Emancipation Memorial this Thursday evening. Video of protesters in Lincoln Park on Tuesday showed one activist telling those gathered that they will return to the area on Thursday at 7 p.m. to tear “this motherf----r down.” The protester also urged the audience to go to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house and to donate to their cause for supplies. Protester at Emancipation Monument claims that they will be tearing down the monument Thursday at 7 PM. Also calls for them to show up at Senator Mitch McConnell’s home. pic.twitter.com/LJ8e2f5KRG— Richie
    Fox News hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade had an animated debate on Wednesday about the latter’s objection to protests against controversial public statues around the country. A day after Kilmeade furiously condemned protesters who tried to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson, he invoked recent demonstrations against Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation memorial in Washington D.C. The statue portrays Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation next to an African American slave kneeling beside him. Doocy noted that demonstrators have complained about the symbolism of the statue, since it does not depict Lincoln and the slave as equals. As he explained, Kilmeade groaned and sarcastically interjected: “Let’s spray paint it and rip it down.” Doocy noted that officials are holding legislative debates on what to do with the memorial, and he said “that’s the way you do it” instead of tearing statues down. The host mentioned news that a similarly controversial...
    NFL Hall of Famers with highest net worth BTIG: Only Nasdaq at a record is bad sign for U.S. stocks Petition calls for removal of Emancipation Statue in Capitol Hills Lincoln Park; Some fight to protect it As the debate over confederate statues and other monuments continues to heat up around the country and here at home, equal rights advocates are shifting their attention to another controversial statue on Capitol Hill and now a petition to bring it down. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Charleston starts taking down John Calhoun statue Crews in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday morning began taking down a statue of former US Vice President John C. Calhoun, who was a major advocate of slavery before the Civil War. The Charleston City Council voted 13-0 to take it down. (June 24) Associated Press Mitch McConnell Wins Kentucky GOP Senate...
    Bradley Cortright June 23, 2020 0 Comments As public officials take a fresh look at statues of historical figures, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.’s non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives, is pushing to take down a statue of President Abraham Lincoln.  Norton is planning on introducing legislation in Congress that would remove a statue of Lincoln from Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. “The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows,” Norton said in a tweet. “Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum.”  The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows. Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to...
    The concern is the legacy of white supremacy.Accomplice Vice President Alexander Stephens spelled it out in a March 1861 speech: “Our new govt is launched upon … the excellent truth that the negro is not equivalent to the white gentleman that slavery subordination to the outstanding race is his natural and standard ailment.”This is a make any difference of hate, not heritage.And currently we are seeing Accomplice statues toppled throughout the region and Accomplice flags banned from NASCAR races. Foremost armed service figures say the time has arrive to rename armed service bases that had been named right after Confederate generals — even as President Donald Trump helps make plain his opposition.But as the country confronts the ugliest areas of its history, we need to identify that there is a essential change in between statues of American presidents like Abraham Lincoln and statues of American traitors like Accomplice President Jefferson...
    (CNN)More than 155 years after the end of the Civil War, America is finally having a more complete moral reckoning with the Confederacy. The issue is the legacy of white supremacy.Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens spelled it out in a March 1861 speech: "Our new government is founded upon ... the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition." This is a matter of hate, not heritage.And today we're seeing Confederate statutes toppled across the country and Confederate flags banned from NASCAR races. Leading military figures say the time has come to rename military bases that were named after Confederate generals — even as President Donald Trump makes plain his opposition. Read MoreBut as the nation confronts the ugliest aspects of its history, we need to recognize that there is a fundamental difference...
    Leftist activists are petitioning to have the Emancipation Memorial removed in Boston which features former Republican President Abraham Lincoln and a newly freed slave who is rising from his knees while holding a broken chain. “A petition to remove the statue was spearheaded by an African American man from Boston named Tory Bullock who says he’s been seeing the statue since he was a kid,” WCVB-TV Boston reported. “Bullock says his petition has more than 7,000 signatures and the attention of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who Bullock posted is willing to talk about removing it.” Read members only content for just 99¢You’ll also unlock an ad-free experience and the Daily Wire mobile app and help support the web’s best conservative commentary.Get a Reader's Pass140 days until electionDon't miss a beat of our coverage.View 2020 Election PageThe Daily WireAdvertise With UsBook our SpeakersHelp CenterContact UsPrivacy PolicyTerms of UseCareersInternshipsFacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeRSS© Copyright 2020, The...
    Thousands of Americans are signing a petition to remove a statue that shows President Abraham Lincoln standing over a slave in Boston's Park Square. The petition calling for the removal of the Emancipation Memorial statue, which shows Lincoln towering above a freed slave kneeling at his feet with shackles on his wrists, has received more than 7,800 signatures spearheaded by Dorchester native Tory Bullock. NEW JERSEY CITY OF CAMDEN REMOVES CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE “It's supposed to represent freedom but instead represents us still beneath someone else," Bullock writes in the petition he started last Thursday. The Lincoln Emancipation Statue in Boston is a replica of the one that sits in Lincoln Park in Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) "My problem is with the person in front of him, the person that's supposed to represent me and my people," Bullock told Fox News on Monday of the...
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