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Boston removes statue of slave kneeling at Lincoln’s feet

Boston removes statue of slave kneeling at Lincoln’s feet
The city of Boston removed a statue of a freed slave kneeling at the feet of President Lincoln from one of its parks Tuesday, months after nation-wide protests over racial injustice.

After a petition to remove the statue was created, Boston’s public arts commission voted unanimously to take it down.“The decision for removal acknowledged the statue’s role in perpetuating harmful prejudices and obscuring the role of Black Americans in shaping the nation’s freedoms,” the arts commission said in a statement posted on its website.The arts commission said it was paying extra attention to works with “problematic histories.Officials had agreed to remove the statue in June after several complaints were made regarding its design which Mayor Marty Walsh said made the public “uncomfortable.

The city of Boston removed a statue of a freed slave kneeling at the feet of President Lincoln from one of its parks Tuesday, months after nationwide protests over racial injustice.” In this June 25, 2020 photo, a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at President Abraham Lincoln's feet rests on a pedestal in Boston.

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