GOODWIN STARTS PETITION TO REMOVE THE LINCOLN PARK EMANCIPATION MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC
“IT MEMORIALIZES THE INTENDED SUBSERVIENCE OF BLACK PEOPLE”
Washington DC - On Thursday June 18th, Marcus Goodwin started a petition to remove the Emancipation Memorial from Lincoln Park.
“It’s time to take down monuments that memorialize the intended subservience of black people in this country,” Goodwin said. “This statue perpetuates the idea that we are beneath white people and should simply be grateful for the scraps that have been thrown our way. While Abraham Lincoln was a monumental US President, worthy of memorializing, he already has a national monument that doesn’t have degrading racial undertones.”
The National Park Service has the authority to remove or modify this statute.
A petition in Boston garnered over 10,000 signatures to remove a replica of Washington, DC’s Emancipation Memorial. There the city council and Mayor Marty Walsh have publicly expressed their support for removing the statue replica. “To this day, Emancipation doesn’t mean full equality and equal opportunity. This Juneteenth, I want us to send a message that this type of symbol represents the philosophy of racial superiority that we should be removing from society,” said Goodwin. “I hope you will sign my petition to take down this statue and help us move closer towards the belief that all people are created equal. ‘Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’”