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 as the results of poisonous view held by slaveholders and even abolitionists.
Initially designed and sculpted by Massachusetts native Thomas Ball, the controversial statue exhibits Lincoln with one hand raised above a kneeling, shirtless man with damaged shackles on his wrists.
“After partaking in a public course of, it’s clear that residents and guests to Boston have been uncomfortable with this statue, and its reductive illustration of the Black man’s position within the abolitionist motion,” Walsh wrote.
The vote got here in response to a web based petition that collected greater than 12,000 signatures calling for the statue to be eliminated amid nationwide protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
A date for the statue’s removing has not but been set.