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    BOSTON (CBS) – The controversial Emancipation Group Memorial in Boston’s Park Square is now being removed. Crews began taking it apart Tuesday morning. The statue depicts a formerly enslaved Black man kneeling before President Abraham Lincoln. Critics said the memorial was racist and demeaning. Dorchester native and social media influencer Tory Bullock started a petition to remove the statue earlier this year. It quickly racked up thousands of signatures and the Boston Art Commission voted unanimously in June to have it taken down. “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. I fully support the Boston Art Commission’s decision for removal and thank them for their work,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement at the time. The Emancipation Group Memorial was removed from Park Square, Dec. 29, 2020.(WBZ-TV) The Commission plans to add detailed documentation of the statue to its archives, including photos, a 3D scan, and history of the piece and the process the...
    PORTSMOUTH — In an event honoring local champions of equal rights, the Portsmouth Unity Art Project will reestablish the city’s traditional celebration of Emancipation Day – the Anniversary of Lincoln’s announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the rebellious states and opened the U.S. armed forces to African American enlistment. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2020, the celebration will be held at Tracy Park and marks the launch of the Unity Project’s “Stand Together. here.” campaign. Like other diverse, rural communities in Appalachia, Portsmouth residents have struggled with systemic and other forms of racism and sexism for decades. With the goal of healing these wounds and bridging these old divisions, the Project aims to broaden the foundation of the community’s on-going efforts at economic revitalization. The Project has chosen Emancipation Day 2020 for the kick-off of their new campaign because Portsmouth area abolitionists, white and black, played critical roles in the ratification of the 13th Amendment. Portsmouth’s biracial network of Underground Railroad operators nurtured two abolitionist congressmen – James Ashley, who is recognized as the author...
    A peaceful crowd gathered in the nation’s capital on Tuesday for an “emancipation celebration,” where speakers called for not only preserving the Freedman’s Memorial in Lincoln Park that has been targeted by protesters but for President Donald Trump to establish a National Garden there and rename it Unity Park.  Star Parker of UrbanCURE spoke on Tuesday at Lincoln Park in Washington, DC, to urge the preservation of the Freedman’s Memorial at the park. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News) “I  salute President Trump for signing the executive order to establish a new national garden of American heroes,” Star Parker, founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), said at the event. “He stated that the garden would include statues of American heroes from all walks of American life.” She continued: So in addition to being her today to rally and campaign this historical and sacred treasure we at UrbanCURE propose that President Trump select this location at Lincoln Park to be the home of his new national garden — the one he envisions — and that the park be renamed...
    Pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger said on Tuesday at Lincoln Park in the nation’s capital that “ideological slavery” is the bondage that needs to be broken today. Bomberger was one of several speakers who joined Star Parker and her Center for Urban Renewal and Education’s (CURE) emancipation celebration in front of the Freedman’s Memorial at the park that has been targeted for removal by protesters, including the political group Black Lives Matter. Ryan Bomberger, right, speaks at an emancipation celebration at Lincoln Park in Washington, DC, on Tuesday calling for preserving the Freedman’s Memorial (in background) as Star Parker looks on. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News) “This country was transformed by people, black and white, who believed that we are all created equal,” said Bomberger, the co-founder of the Radiance Foundation. “The emancipation memorial should be a reminder to never see any group as non-persons, whether born or unborn.” “And that America’s history is best relayed by reality, not revised by mob mentality,” Bomberger said. “Here in America we still desperately need emancipation for ideological slavery.” Bomberger spoke passionately about preserving true history...
    BOSTON (CBS) – A little more than two weeks ago, Dorchester native and social media influencer Tory Bullock took Facebook to raise awareness about a statue he has seen as offensive since he was a kid. It’s known as the Emancipation Statue and it shows a towering President Lincoln standing over a kneeling former enslaved man. The man’s wrists are shackled and he is wearing no shirt or shoes. “My issue is not America and my issue is not freedom, it is the naked black man sitting in front that I have a problem with,” he said. Dorchester native and social media influencer Tory Bullock took Facebook to raise awareness about the Emancipation Statue. (WBZ-TV) Bullock started a petition to remove the statue that sits in Park Square about a block behind the public garden near the Park Plaza Hotel. It quickly racked up thousands of signatures and sparked a lot of conversation. “From, ‘Oh my gosh you are speaking to me. My son sees this statue and he hates it,’ all the way to the other side, ‘What are...
    Protesters and counter-protesters are clashing in Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood Friday over whether to tear down the Emancipation Monument in Lincoln Park.
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Art Commission has created a survey to ask the public what should happen with a controversial statue. The Emancipation Group monument in Park depicts President Abraham Lincoln standing over a Black man with broken chains. Survey options include adding more education information at the site, commissioning a new work of art to accompany it, or formally removing it from the city’s collection. It must be completed by June 29 at noon. The Emancipation Group statue in Park Square (WBZ-TV) The Commission also held a meeting Thursday night to get the public’s thoughts. The Emancipation Group was installed in 1879.
    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 in Washington, DC Barriers are erected around the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, which depicts a freed slave kneeling at the feet of President Abraham Lincoln, yesterday  Crews install...
    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 U.S., particularly those honoring Confederate figures, have been targeted following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. In D.C., the statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate...
    Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonTrump calls for Congress to take action against 'lowlifes' who burn American flag DC delegate proposes removing Andrew Jackson statue from Lafayette Square This week: Congress set for showdown on police reform legislation MORE (D), Washington, D.C.’s representative in the House, is introducing a bill to remove the Emancipation Statue from the city's Lincoln Park. "The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows," Norton tweeted Tuesday afternoon. "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 a museum. pic.twitter.com/A0MOnISH1N— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 23, 2020 The statue was designed by sculptor Thomas Ball, with funds to build the monument solicited exclusively from freed slaves, according to the National Park Service. Frederick Douglass spoke at the statue's...
    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 Primary Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won the GOP Senate primary in Kentucky as he seeks his seventh term in the upper chamber. Newsweek Prosecutor claims Roger Stone...
    Protesters pledged to tear down Lincoln's Emancipation Memorial in Washington D.C. Tuesday night as they gathered to demand its removal.  Organizers of the protest said they would not be working with the police and would achieve change 'by any means necessary' as they crowded near the 150-year-old statue paid for by former enslaved people. The group said they would not touch the statue Tuesday night but would return with more support at 7pm Thursday to bring it down, according to WUSA9.  It came as Democratic Congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton announced she would introduce legislation to see the statue removed if the National Park service could not.  Although paid for by former slaves, the Emancipation Memorial remains controversial as it was designed by white people and depicts a former slave in a subservient position to Lincoln.   Protesters gathered at the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial on Tuesday night said that they would be returning with more support on Thursday to bring it down Dozens of protesters gathered at the controversial D.C. statue on Tuesday night Congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton said...
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