Boston Destroys Slave Kneeling Statue Before Abraham Lincoln
Boston has finally removed the Emancipation Memorial monument, standing in a park just off Boston Common, after more than 140 years.
The statue is based on a similar one erected in Washington, D.C., having stood there since 1879. In front of Abraham Lincoln, three years ago, and showing a freed, shirtless slave rising to his feet.
To mark the abolition of slavery in the United States, the monument was built based on a black man called Archer Alexander, who fled slavery and supported the Union Army before being the last man recovered under the Fugitive Slave Act.
Despite its intentions, many have seen the statue instead depicting a slave kneeling before Lincoln, and more than 12,000 people have demanded its removal, leading the public arts commission of Boston to vote on the subject.
The vote was overwhelmingly passed and on Tuesday this week, the statue was eventually taken down.
The removal decision recognized the role of the statue in perpetuating negative stereotypes and obscuring the role of Black Americans in shaping the freedoms of the country,” read a committee statement.” The decision now is whether to move it to a museum.