There are few political topics debated more hotly right now than the removal of Confederate statues. In fact, the planned removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville became the site of a clash so violent that it left one woman dead and others injured as neo-Nazis fought with Antifa and Black Lives Matter members, among others.
22-year-old North Carolina Central University student Takiya Thompson toppled a Confederate statue in front of a crowd of protesters before finding herself arrested. In the early hours of the morning Wednesday, Baltimore quickly tore down all of their Confederate statues after the city council made the decision to on Monday, two days after the deadly riot in Virginia.
And further south in Georgia, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants to sandblast the Stone Mountain bas-relief, a massive Confederate monument that draws millions of visitors a year. The race to destroy Confederate symbols for fear they’ll spark white supremacy is showing no signs of slowing.
But there’s one famous place in Pennsylvania that has perhaps more Confederate symbols than anyone else. Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the bloodiest battle in the war between the Union and Confederacy, weighed in on the possibility of removing their own Confederate symbols amidst the 1,325 monuments, plaques, and markers spread across its 4,000-acre property.
Surprisingly, the park has not received any requests to remove them, and it has absolutely no intention of ever doing so, according to The Evening Sun.
Park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon explained, “These memorials, erected predominantly in the early and mid-20th century, are an important part of the cultural landscape.”
The Battle of Gettysburg saw at least 46,000 casualties over the course of three days. It’s seen by some historians as the turning point in the war as Lee’s army was halted in its attempt to gain ground in the North.
On Wednesday, Dr. Ben Caron shared a power message about hatred and bigotry after his home was vandalized.