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What Frederick Douglass Had to Say About Monuments

Posted on AllSides July 4th, 2020
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Frederick Douglass, with typical historical foresight, outlined a solution to the current impasse over a statue he dedicated in Washington, D.C., in 1876. Erected a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, in a square called Lincoln Park, the so-called Emancipation Memorial depicts Abraham Lincoln standing beside a formerly enslaved African-American man in broken shackles, down on one knee—rising or crouching, depending on who you ask. As the nation continues to debate the meaning of monuments and memorials, and as local governments and protesters alike take them down, the Lincoln Park...

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-frederick-douglass-had-say-about-monuments-180975225/

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