When Blacks Showed Up to Protect DC Emancipation Statue

By Faye Higbee

June 26, 2020: A crowd of Black Americans turned out to protect the Emancipation Statue against the radical activists. The lovely Black woman, now identified as Marcia Cole of  FREED, who gave an explanation of the artistic portrayal of the Emancipation Statute in DC’s Lincoln Park. It’s her ‘mission’ to save the statue. And she was not alone: the great great great grandson of the former slave depicted on the statue also had some things to say as a crowd of Black Lives Matter shouted over the top of both of them for it to be taken down. (Daily Wire)

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“We need light and not hate.”

“Y’all don’t know your history.”

A screaming protester who refused to listen to the older generation (who knows far more than she ever will), got into a verbal altercation:

Other Black Americans stood guard over the statue.

Former slaves were invited to participate in creating the Emancipation statue after a former slave woman donated her first earnings as a free woman – $5 – toward it. They wanted to honor the President who granted them freedom.

The statue was erected on April 14, 1876. At the dedication, Frederick Douglass was invited to speak. (Smithsonian)

“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. 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…

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.” Frederick Douglass at the dedication of the Emancipation Statue 1876

Everyone, of every race, creed, and color should listen to the words of Marcia Cole. “We need light not hate.” The left does not want to listen. Sometimes the right does not want to listen. As these precious Black people fight to save a statue of their history, we should stand with them. It, and they, are part of our history, too.

Featured photo: the great great great grandson of the slave depicted on the Emancipation statue argues with BLM acitivsts trying to shout him down. Screenshot via @bennyjohnson

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