07.16.2020 0

Why the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C. is important

By Rick manning

A park jointly owned by the federal and District of Columbia government 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.

Star Parker, the founder of Urban CURE and the lead author on the book “Necessary Noise” with myself has begun a petition for people to sign supporting keeping this unique reminder of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the turning point in our nation’s history.

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.

To sign the petition supporting keeping the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park as a continuing remembrance of our nation’s journey to a “more perfect union” go to this link.

Rick Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government.

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