Chicago is reviewing statues memorializing Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin for potential motion.
Fox News reported that about 40 monuments within the metropolis, together with these icons of American historical past, have been recognized “for public discussion” by the brand new Chicago Monuments Project to find out whether or not they “warrant attention or action.”
The challenge began after Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced the town would take away two Christopher Columbus statues final June. A protest over one of many statues led to police swinging batons and demonstrators hurling frozen water bottles, fireworks, and different projectiles at officers final 12 months.
Now the Chicago Monuments Project goals to “grapple with the usually unacknowledged — or forgotten — historical past … and supplies a automobile to deal with the arduous truths of Chicago’s racial historical past, confront the methods during which that historical past has and has not been memorialized, and develop a framework for marking public house that elevates new methods to memorialize Chicago’s historical past extra equitably and precisely,” based on Fox News.
Community members can participate in discussions in regards to the statues. The record additionally contains former President Ulysses S. Grant, extra statues in honor of Columbus, and others.
“This project is a powerful opportunity for us to come together as a city to assess the many monuments and memorials across our neighborhoods and communities — to face our history and what and how we memorialize that history,” Lightfoot stated.
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