Chicago Considers Removal of Lincoln, Washington Statues as Part of Confronting ‘Hard Truths’ of City’s ‘Racial History’

Chicago Considers Removal of Lincoln, Washington Statues as Part of Confronting ‘Hard Truths’ of City’s ‘Racial History’


In the Land of Lincoln, they might just demolish Honest Abe. Over and over and over again.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that the Chicago Monuments Project, convened a year ago to decide which monuments to the past should be removed, had compiled a list of 41 statues and other pieces of public art with futures that are now uncertain.

When the project was launched, Lightfoot said it would be “a racial healing and historical reckoning project,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

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The mayor said the public discussion about the statues on the list will allow Chicago to confront the “hard truths of Chicago’s racial history,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to five statutes of Abraham Lincoln, other monuments and statues on the list include those of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, Benjamin Franklin, and Civil War Gens. Philip Henry Sheridan and John Logan.

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