The Boston Arts Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a public monument depicting President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed slave.
The Emancipation Memorial in Park Square — a replica of the original standing in Washington, D.C. — will be taken down with an art conservator “to document, recommend how the bronze statue is removed, supervise its removal and placement into temporary storage,” the motion reads.
“As we continue our work to make Boston a more equitable and just city, it’s important that we look at the stories being told by the public art in all our neighborhoods,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who supported the statue’s removal, said in a statement.
Opponents of the statue voiced criticisms since its installation in 1879, Walsh noted. They argue not against Lincoln but the statue’s depiction of a freed slave, which they described as the result of toxic view held by slaveholders and even abolitionists.
Originally designed and sculpted by Massachusetts