Historical Re-Enactor: Freed Slave In DC's Emancipation Memorial "Is Not Kneeling, He's In The Act Of Getting Up" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Historical Re-Enactor: Freed Slave In DC's Emancipation Memorial "Is Not Kneeling, He's In The Act Of Getting Up"

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Marcia Cole, a member of the African American Civil War Museum's Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) program, speaks with ABC7's Sam Ford about Charlotte Scott, one of the freed slaves who helped raise money to build a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Park.

Protesters plan to tear the statue down on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

A replica of the same statue in Boston was torn down by protesters this month who thought the slave depicted being "freed" looks like he is kneeling at Lincoln's feet.


"I'm here to speak on behalf of the legacy of Charlotte Scott," said Marcia Cole.

"I understand there's a big campaign trying to raise money to either take it down or mend it, and I say 'no' on behalf of Ms. Charlotte," she said. "People tend to think of that figure as being servile but on second look you will see something different, perhaps. That man is not kneeling on two knees with his head bowed. He is in the act of getting up. And his head is up, not bowed because he's looking forward to a future of freedom."



D.C.'s non-voting Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said Wednesday she would introduce legislation to move the statue to a museum, noting that "in his keynote address at the unveiling of this statue, Frederick Douglass also expressed his displeasure with the statue."
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