“We strongly agree that the statue should be moved to a place accessible to the public where its history and context can be better explained,” Boston mayor’s spokesman Marty Walsh told the Associated Press. CNN.
“With the decision to remove the image, we recognize the image’s role in perpetuating negative prejudice and obscuring the role of Black Americans in the struggle for freedom,” the spokesperson said.
The statue has stood in Boston’s Park Square since 1879. It is an example of a monument in the American capital of Washington. The statue was posted as a memorial to the emancipation of black Americans, but many believe that the image depicts a former slave kneeling in submission to the president.
The commission received hundreds of letters
In June, the city’s art commission approved the statue’s removal. Several investigations were conducted before the decision. The committee received hundreds of letters and requests.
Since the death of black American George Floyd in May, there have been growing calls for the removal of monuments and other symbols deemed racist in modern times. Floyd was killed by police brutality in the city of Minneapolis in the United States. His death sparked protests around the world.
The statue has been stored in an undisclosed location until a new location is found.