On the anniversary of the “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” speech by Frederick Douglass, the statue of the abolitionist was ripped down in Rochester, New York.
CBS News shared that the “statue was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.”
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Police say there was damage to the base and finger when they found the statue at least 50 feet away from the pedestal.
“Carvin Eison, a leader of the project that brought the Douglass statue to the park, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle another statue will take its place because the damage to the one that was pulled down is too significant,” stated CBS News.
Eison also shared that the vandalism is more than likely a response to the recent climate of the racial tension in the country.
“Is this some type of retaliation because of the national fever over confederate monuments right now? Very disappointing, it’s beyond disappointing,” Eison said to WROC.
Douglass gave the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” in Rochester on July 5, 1852, which he says was a “celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.”
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Destroying America’s Racist Past: Protesters Take Down Confederate And Imperialist Statues
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4. Charles Linn of the Confederate Navy
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Charles Linn raised funds for the Confederate war effort by running the Union blockade and trading cotton to England and Cuba.— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) June 1, 2020
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5. Robert E. Lee statue in front of Robert E. Lee High School5 of 9
6. Portsmouth Confederate monument6 of 9
7. Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham
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The statue of Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham in Monroe Park lays beside its base, covered in paint. pic.twitter.com/D6EgslhpS7— The Commonwealth Times (@theCT) June 7, 2020
8. North Carolina Confederate monument
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N Carolina Protesters Hang Confederate Statue From Post Protesters in North Carolina’s capital have pulled down parts of a Confederate monument and hanged one of the toppled statues from a light post. https://t.co/B4PlsQEAO9 #USNews #USRC pic.twitter.com/HBi8hdlU9x— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) June 20, 2020
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