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Conservatives Gather To Protect Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Star Parker Emancipation Memorial
Our friend Star Parker, President of Urban CURE, recently led a group of some 200 patriots in a demonstration of support for retaining the Emancipation Memorial at its historic location in Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Park.

To join Star’s campaign to save the Emancipation Memorial click this link.

Ms. Parker made the case this way in a recent op-ed in the Northern Virginia Daily:

The debate now surrounding the Emancipation Monument that stands in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C., is a critical discussion in which I believe all Americans of goodwill and those who want racial harmony should engage.

The memorial shows a standing President Lincoln with the Emancipation Proclamation in his right hand and Archer Alexander, the last slave captured under the Fugitive Slave Act, at his left in a position that has created historical debate since the statue was erected in 1876.

Those who are overturning and removing statues today have entered this debate not to participate in critical discussion that art is meant to provoke but to remove history they don't like. They seem to want to rewrite history and replace it with a history they prefer.

As Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government noted in comments posted about the demonstration, Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park is jointly owned by the federal and District of Columbia government and has become a clash point between the radical Marxist culture cancellers and sane people.

In Lincoln Park, located about a mile from the U.S. Capitol stands the Emancipation Statue.  A statue paid for by freedmen about a decade after the Civil War showing former slave Archer Alexander rising up from his knees as President Lincoln grasps the Emancipation Proclamation hand on a small obelisk.

Lincoln stands between Archer Alexander and the whipping post of the past.  Originally, the statue placement had Mr. Alexander’s upward gaze to be focused on the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome signifying his rising toward freedom.

As Mr. Manning so correctly put it, “The absurdity of putting this brilliant recognition of the expansion of freedom in our nation away in a museum takes away the impact of the location and meaning of the memorial. None other than Frederick Douglass delivered the address at the unveiling of the statue in front of an audience which included Civil War hero and President Ulysses S. Grant and cloaking the incredible history lesson included in this one statue in the musty halls of a museum would be a tragic mistake.”

Ms. Parker aptly described the history of the monument for The Northern Virginia Daily:

Contrary to claims of the dismantlers, the freed slave Archer Alexander is not kneeling in servitude before the president but rather, according to many serious voices in this historic debate, getting up and looking out toward his freedom.

It is remarkable to read Alexander's story: how he was sold from one master to the next, all the while with his eyes toward freedom, exactly as he is depicted in the monument.

Alexander escaped slavery from his fourth master and was about to be returned just as Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. While a fugitive, he was harbored by William Greenleaf Eliot, a pastor and abolitionist who wrote Alexander's biography and had presented a picture of Alexander to sculptor William Ball, the artist selected to design the memorial.

The Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Freedmen's Memorial, was paid for by funds raised entirely by former slaves, as they wanted to honor President Lincoln.

Now D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is introducing legislation to Congress to remove the Emancipation Monument from Lincoln Park. She says, "The statue fails to note in any way how enslaved African Americans pushed for their own emancipation."

But the memorial depicts this exact reality. It depicts a courageous Alexander who risked his life to be free. And it depicts a courageous Lincoln who paid for his convictions with his life.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to go to today and sign the petition.

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