Boston removed the statue commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States – GQ

Boston removed the statue commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States - GQ

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 12: Abraham Lincoln’s “Great Liberator” Emancipation Memorial stood out as a freed slave on June 12, 2020, in Park Square, Boston. Tory Bullock, an aging social writer, actor and media influence, appealed to Mayor Martin J. Walsh to remove the memorial. He started a petition towards that goal, asking protesters to never push for change. (Photo: Barry Chin / Boston Globe via Getty Image)

On display in Boston since 1 was 4, the Liberation Memorial was withdrawn last December 29, 2010, following a request that more than 12,000 people signed, asking for its removal. The request was voted on by the Boston Public Arts Commission, which accepted the petition.

The memorial is based on a similar one in Washington, DC, where a freed slave is depicted standing in front of Abraham Lincoln. The statue is intended to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, but many people understand the representation by kneeling at Lincoln’s feet.

The commission’s statement said the expulsion decision recognized Murty’s role in eliminating harmful prejudices and the role of black Americans. The fate of the memorial will still be decided, which may go to a museum.

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Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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