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More than 40,000 people have signed an online petition calling to replace a Confederate monument in Anderson, South Carolina with a statue of the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who was born in the city.
Boseman died on August 28 after a four-year battle with colon cancer that he had kept private from the press. His unexpected death at age 43 left his fans and colleagues shocked and bereft.
“With Chadwick Boseman’s early passing, it is important that we honor a true local legend my [sic] immortalizing him in stone in front of the courthouse,” the Change.org petition reads. “The Confederate Monument belongs in a museum, but has no right to be displayed there.”
Launched shortly after Boseman’s death on Friday last week, the petition is addressed to Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, and the state’s House and Senate.
The petitions call to relocate the confederate state to the county museum with proper historical context. “The old statue need not be destroyed,” it says, “However, with the engravings on the base, it is beyond time for its retirement.”
The inscription on the monument’s base reads, “The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right.”
Boseman, the anonymous petitioner writes, “opened many doors for many young black people with his leading roles in movies such as Black Panther or Marshall. It is only natural that his hometown honors what he did.”
Before starring in Black Panther, Boseman portrayed historic Black icons like baseball player Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42 (2013), singer James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).
The petitioner acknowledges that the removal of the confederate statue would require the approval of the city of Anderson and the South Carolina Senate, as well as permission from the Boseman family. But the petition clarifies that the call to remove the confederate monument “stands regardless of its replacement with another statue.”
“With help from the signers of this petition I hope that it becomes apparent how popular this idea is,” the petitioner writes. “It is time to unify Anderson around a true local hero and time to honor all South Carolinians, not just the ideals of a few.”
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
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Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
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As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
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The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…