Black Americans showed up to defend the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday to push back on radical activists who want to tear the statue down.

The statue of former President Abraham Lincoln was purchased by slaves as a way to honor Lincoln, a Republican, for freeing the slaves. The statue shows Lincoln standing over a slave who is rising to his knees while holding a broken chain after being freed from slavery.

“So, I have made my mission to protect that statue,” one woman said. “Why not put a sign there that says why it’s there. Our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world have monuments to the Holocaust. In Germany, they even have existing concentration camps for [people] to come in and see. This means that they cannot deny what happened because there are Holocaust deniers.”

“If you remove all evidence of slavery, it’s like it never happened. That’s exactly what’s happening,” the woman continued. “Let it stand, put up another statue with signage, have a timeline [inaudible].”

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Other video clips showed black men talking to the crowd, who repeatedly shouted over them, in an attempt to educate them about the history of the statue.

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The statue, erected on April 14, 1876, stands in Lincoln Park and was built with “contributions from hundreds of former slaves who wanted to pay tribute to the man who had proclaimed their freedom in 1863,” The Washington Post reported. “Just after Lincoln’s death, the [Western Sanitary Commission, which aided Civil War victims] had received an intriguing request from a former slave, who sent the commission $5 — her first earnings as a free woman — to help build a monument to Lincoln, ‘the best friend the colored people ever had.’ The commission began a fund-raising campaign and invited former slaves to contribute.”

Famed orator and author Frederick Douglass spoke at the unveiling of the memorial in Washington, D.C., saying,  “The sentiment that brings us here to-day is one of the noblest that can stir and thrill the human heart.

“It has crowned and made glorious the high places of all civilized nations with the grandest and most enduring works of art, designed to illustrate the characters and perpetuate the memories of great public men,” Douglass continued. “It is the sentiment which from year to year adorns with fragrant and beautiful flowers the graves of our loyal, brave, and patriotic soldiers who fell in defence of the Union and liberty. It is the sentiment of gratitude and appreciation, which often, in presence of many who hear me, has filled yonder heights of Arlington with the eloquence of eulogy and the sublime enthusiasm of poetry and song; a sentiment which can never die while the Republic lives.”

Douglass later added, “We, the colored people, newly emancipated and rejoicing in our blood-bought freedom, near the close of the first century in the life of this Republic, have now and here unveiled, set apart, and dedicated a monument of enduring granite and bronze, in every line, feature, and figure of which the men of this generation may read, and those of after-coming generations may read, something of the exalted character and great works of Abraham Lincoln, the first martyr President of the United States.”

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  • Stephen Russell says:

    Hooray, awesome, Bravo & Thanks ALL

  • William Conley says:

    You’d have better luck educating a dog than these animals in human skin. I’m referring to ALL the protesters not one group based on any criteria. They have elders of the black community who experienced actual racism where dogs and fire hoses were used on them. They were told they couldn’t eat at certain places or use certain water fountains. You whiney bitches have experienced what a few verbal slurs tossed your way at times, and police profiling which the neighborhoods you reside in created themselves by being high crime zones. It seems you still have issues when you interact with police, but this also seems to be post Rodney riots 99% occuring due to resisting arrest or reaching for your waist or pockets. Like that’s a remotely wise decision to reach for anything when you’re being arrested or resisting for that matter. Fact of the matter is they are not going to arrest you then take you to some field or wooded area and execute you upon arrest. Don’t resist and I guarantee the black death rates by police go down, but let’s not worry or even speak of the fact that you’re at 94% to be killed by another black male between 16-26. Which is an issue they need to solve on a societal level along with maintaining a two parent unit or the father just being a part of their child’s life in general. They idolize rappers and gang bangers or athletics more than their education or the betterment of their communities. Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to fix your neighborhoods if they are so bad work on fixing then yourselves.