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How can a memorial celebrating emancipation & Abraham Lincoln, the man who abolished slavery in America, be considered offensive?

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31.12.2020

The morning after Abraham Lincoln died in 1865, a former enslaved woman named Charlotte Scott asked her employer to send $5 to help build a monument to the former president. In 1876, through donations by the enslaved people he had freed and black veterans of the Union Army, a statue depicting Lincoln holding his hand over a kneeling black man – a figure modeled on Archer Alexander, the last man captured under the Fugitive Slave Act – was erected in Washington, and a copy of it in Boston, the hometown of its sculptor, Thomas Ball.

Now the authorities in Boston have removed the statue that Scott wanted to see built because some progressives found it offensive.

There have been cries that it needs to be taken in a certain context, which is why it was taken down. Yet at whichever context of emancipation you care to look, there is not a........

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