“Nana Harriet risked life and limb to be free so that no one White person would benefit off her person. And now we have someone white benefiting off of her,” said artist Maisha Sullivan-Ongoza.
The police department retracted its previous claims that demonstrators were “violent” as part of a settlement in a lawsuit lodged by six protesters who were tear-gassed by officers in June 2020.
Jeremy Webster of Leicester University’s Attenborough Arts Centre reportedly pelted the statue from behind a fence.
Artists Bryndís Björnsdóttir and Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttirand said they wanted to symbolically launch “The First White Mother in America” into space.
“When monuments mislead, they are taking space that could go to other, more accurate histories, or to artworks that pose questions instead of asserting answers.”
To displace the bronze statue would be to destabilize the very idea of nation and surrender the coveted allure of primacy in the Americas.
The piece will be installed at the new campus of Doorways, a nonprofit that helps individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
A group called the Boriken Libertarian Forces toppled the monument hours before King Felipe VI of Spain’s visit.
The statue was at the center of the notorious, racist “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
A research project tracks every statue of a racist figure that fell last summer — and suggests the possibility of their resurrection is looming.
A new report lists the top 50 figures represented in US monuments. They’re mainly white, male, and vicious.