Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced his support of a petition to remove a replica of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., that currently stands in the city's Park Square. The statue features former President Abraham Lincoln with his arm raised over the top of a kneeling black man whose wrist shackles have been broken.
Though the original statue was designed as a celebration of emancipation and the end of the legal slavery in the United States, the petition says it depicts continued subservience of black people.
"It represents ‘Know your place, because that's where you belong,'" said petition organizer Tory Bullock.
Bullock wants a replacement that he says represents equality among the races.
"This is a great opportunity to get some local black artists involved in the creation of [a new] statue, to come up with something new that represents equality," Bullock told WCVB-TV.
In response to the petition, which has now garnered more than 8,000 signatures, Walsh has called for a "community discussion" about the future of the statue.
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