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Efforts to remove U.S. statues vs. lawmakers opposed heads for face-off over ...
Efforts to remove U.S. statues vs. lawmakers 
opposed heads for face-off over 
Lincoln statue in D.C.

Protesters have for days said they will forcibly remove the 
statue, in the District's Capitol Hill neighborhood

By Charlotte Hazard

Last Updated:
June 26, 2020 - 10:59pm

The surge of protesters 
defacing and removing historical statues and lawmakers trying 
to protect them and other government property is headed for 
a potential showdown Friday night over a statue of 
Abraham Lincoln in the nation’s capital. 

Federal and District of Columbia law enforcement teams have 
for days patrolled the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, 
in the district’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, as protesters vow 
to remove the statue.

President Trump has been among the most vocal about the 
removal of the statues, including one of Christopher Columbus 
being torn down. He vowed earlier this week to sign an executive 
order to strengthen existing law that will put offenders in prison 
for 10 years. And he is purportedly using U.S. marshals to 
protect federal property.

However, he got some perhaps unexpected support Thursday 
from D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser, a Democrat, who weeks earlier 
bristled at Trump activating National Guard units from states 
to help when protests in the district neared chaos.

She said the district should debate the fates of the statues and 
“not have a mob decide they want to pull it down.” 

Also on Thursday, about a half a dozen Park Police stood guard 
around the Lincoln monument, depicting Abe Lincoln with a 
slave kneeling beneath him. The demonstrations were peaceful, 
but The Daily Caller recorded protesters announcing they were 
going to remove the statue by force.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s non-voting 
representative in Congress, has suggested that the statue be 
placed in a museum. 

“Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue 
to be built in 1876, the design and sculpting process was done 
without their input, and it shows,” Norton said in a statement. 
“The statue fails to note in any way how enslaved 
African Americans pushed for their own emancipation.”

Others disagree and believe the statue is an important part in 
African-American history. According to Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, 
a chairwoman of the history department at Harvard University, 
“even though the image is problematic, it’s part of our history 
that African Americans themselves paid for this monument and 
it was their way of saying slavery had ended.”

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