A metropolis fee is figuring out the destiny of monuments to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and different historic figures in Chicago as a part of a “racial therapeutic and historic reckoning challenge” that started over the summer season.
No resolution has been made on whether or not any of the 41 statues and different commemorative markers of presidents Lincoln, Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant and William McKinley, and extra, will likely be taken down. However in a metropolis the place Lincoln Park and Grant Park appeal to guests from world wide and in a state that the license plates name the “Land of Lincoln,” the evaluate provides a brand new wrinkle into the nationwide dialog about honoring historic figures tied to slavery, oppression or subjugation.
“This challenge is a strong alternative for us to return collectively as a metropolis to evaluate the numerous monuments and memorials throughout our neighborhoods and communities — to face our historical past and what and the way we memorialize that historical past,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated in a press release. “Given the previous 12 months and specifically the previous summer season that made clear historical past isn’t previous, it’s important that residents are part of this dialog.”
The Chicago Monuments Undertaking was launched over the summer season to evaluate greater than 500 statues and monuments. On Wednesday, moreover figuring out statues and markers of Lincoln, Washington and others for evaluate, town launched an internet site that particulars these flagged for evaluate by the mayor’s fee on monuments.