BREAKING: Historic Lincoln Statue Removed from Downtown Boston

The Historic Lincoln Emancipation Memorial statue that has stood near downtown Boston Common since 1879 has been removed.

The statue depicted a formerly enslaved man and was taken down after officials unanimously voted for its removal.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Democrat said “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.”

Over 12k signed a petition this summer after artist Tory Bullock calling for the statue to be removed.

Democrat Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton,  who introduced the bill to have the statue removed said “The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows.”

She added “blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum.”

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