The Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Statue memorial was removed from its original location Tuesday — where it had originally stood in a park just outside of Boston Common since 1879.
City officials decided back in June to take the statue down following controversy over its design. Boston’s Democrat Mayor, Marty Walsh, said over the Summer that the statue had made residents and non-residents “uncomfortable,” according to the Associated Press. Walsh was likely referring to the petition signed by over 12,000 people that demanded of the statue’s removal.
The statue is a replica of a monument that was built in Washington D.C. back in 1876. This bronze replica was in Boston because the creator of the monument lived in the city.
The statue itself consists of Lincoln and a shirtless slave. The controversy was enthralled in how the slave is positioned in the statue: Is he rising to become a free man? Or is he bowing down to the white 16th president of the United States? Those were the kinds of questions that caused the public outcry.
This Boston statue joins multiple Lincoln landmarks that have been taken down by whom many would consider “cancel culture” activists. Another example includes San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education — who is currently working on changing the name of “Abraham Lincoln High School” in their city. According to USA Today, the decision is not yet final, but other sources make it seem like the decision is all but final.
Many are considering these “cancel culture”-orchestrated demands as reminiscent of George Orwell’s book, 1984 — and almost consider Orwell’s book to be prophetic. Here is a direct quote from it (keep in mind, Orwell wrote the book in 1949):
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”