Protesters tear down statue of Thomas Jefferson in Portland

by Peter Heck · Jun 16th, 2020 9:05 am

Protesters in Portland vandalized and then pulled down a statue of Thomas Jefferson Sunday evening, as social unrest continues in several American cities.

After first defacing the monument with the words "slave owner" and "George Floyd" spray painted across the base, the rioters used rope to pull the likeness of the third president to the ground.

The scene unfolded after a planned march by the group Rose City Justice had departed Jefferson High School, heading to a public park. After they left, a smaller group gathered in front of the high school and quickly turned their attention to the statue.

"There's an interesting piece of history up here ... Mr. Thomas is all beside himself," the march's organizer said before the statue was torn down. "We're taking this city back. One school at a time. One racist statue at a time."

Despite owning almost 600 slaves, Thomas Jefferson famously decried the evil of slavery. He also penned the famous words in the Declaration of Independence — "all men are created equal" — that would later provide the impetus and justification for abolitionists to destroy the institution.

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