The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument is a monument to white supremacy and is a blight to our neighborhood and our city. This eyesore sits on top of nearby Libby Hill and towers over our diverse and multiracial community.
This monument’s unveiling in May of 1894 was the cause for a city wide celebration. Thousands of white people attended the parade the day this statue was unveiled. Confederate veterans from all over the South came for the occasion and were treated as heroes.
This monument to white supremacy was euphemistically called a monument to the “lost cause” and to “the South’s loyalty to the memory of the rank and file of that army that suffered as no other army ever suffered before for a cause.” In reality it was nothing less than a shrine to a social order that insisted that African Americans were less than human.
In a just world, the removal of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument would be cause for greater celebration and pomp than its installation warranted 126 years ago.
In the spirit of racial justice and reconciliation, the Friends of Chimborazo Park call for the removal of this offensive monument to racism.
Take it down.