State Rep. calls to remove plaque honoring confederacy at capitol

20 August, 2017, 07:09 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • State Rep. calls to remove plaque honoring confederacy at capitol

This week, Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) sent a passionate letter to the Texas State Preservation Board requesting the "Children of the Confederacy Creed" plaque to be stripped from the wall.

Almost 10 Confederate-era figures, including that of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and General Robert E Lee, a General who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War, are memorialised along with dozens of other statues at the National Statuary Hall Collection in the US Capitol.

In the wake of a far-right rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, communities and civic leaders across the USA are wrestling with the conundrum: what to do with Confederate statues and memorials?

On Wednesday, Democrat Senator Cory Booker announced he would draft a Bill to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol.

"The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible", she said, according to USA Today. "No study needed. Just a history book and a crowbar".

The fate of Confederate monuments has been the focus of attention around the country after a violent white nationalist rally last weekend in Charlottesville. About 10 statues in the Capitol's Statuary Hall are of men who served as Confederate soldiers or politicians. "We have much work to do".

And in a related story - the city of Houston's Mayor is reacting to renewed demand to remove Confederate monuments on public property. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation'.

The concept of having states donate statues to represent them originated in 1857 before the completion of the House wing.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", Trump said. The goal is to learn from history, all of our history, including events and times that many would like to forget.

His office on Thursday pointed to general remarks Scott had made two days earlier about how federal, state and local officials ought to "review" what should be done with Confederate monuments.

'Also, the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!'

This came as a response to the tragedy at a historically black Charleston church where white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine African Americans. The almost 60-year-old plaque rejects that slavery was the "underlying cause" of the Civil War.


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