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DC Lincoln Park ‘Emancipation’ Statue Draws Negative Attention On Juneteenth

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VIA WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) – In Montgomery County, the county council has ordered an audit of everything named after Confederate figures, while Alexandria, Va. just removed a controversial statue of a Confederate soldier.

In D.C., however, an Abraham Lincoln statue is facing calls for its removal.Lincoln memorably led Union to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing African-American slaves.

Paul Fernandez of Boston University says the statue is demeaning to African-Americans, and it should be removed.

“This has two figures in it and unfortunately the figure below, the one that is at Lincoln’s feet, that man has been sitting there, kneeling there, undignified with mostly almost NO clothes on, no name, and really just serves as a ‘prop’ to make Lincoln loom even larger,” Fernandez says.

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