In another politically correct move, Statuary Hall located in the Capitol will be having a new look. No doubt in a move to highlight the cultural phenomenon that changed Arkansas. Out go supposedly Confederate Statute fellows replaced with musician types. Johnny Cash is coming to Statuary Hall
Look, I got it, with reparations under discussion, the Civil War history needs to be cleaned up and moved out. But Johnny Cash? It is claimed that Clarke, who was once a US Senator, held segregationist views and Rose had sided with the Confederacy. They are moving out. I vote for Rocky Balboa next. Why not?
According to a report from the Washington Post.
The Statuary Hall Collection comprises 100 statues, two from each state. It was created by an act of Congress in 1864 to allow each state to commemorate “deceased persons who have been citizens thereof, and illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services.” Decisions about which individuals to memorialize are made by state legislatures and governors.
The installation of Confederate leaders in the seat of American political power is neither accident nor oversight. In happened in the early years of the 20th century with the emergence of the so-called Lost Cause myth, which idealized and whitewashed the Confederacy’s origins and existence.
Each state is allowed to have two statues on display and are permitted to replace them as long as they cover the costs.
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