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DC Commission Recommended Washington and Jefferson Monuments be “removed, relocated, or contextualized”

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A Washington, DC government advisory commission released a report on Monday recommending the city government rename dozens of city properties, and “remove, relocate, or contextualize” several federal memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Memorial.

The DC Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) Working Group was formed by Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier in the summer with the specific task of ensuring that DC Government-owned facilities fall in line with “contemporary DC values.” The Mayor requested that the group make recommendations for those DC locations that honor a historical person who “in some way encouraged the oppression of African Americans and other communities of color or contributed to our long history of systemic racism.”

The Report found that more than 70% of DC-owned property are named after white men, many of whom were not residents of DC, recommended the renaming of over 49 of those properties. Those properties include public schools, residential buildings and campuses, parks, fields and playgrounds, and government buildings named after historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Francis Scott Key, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, and Woodrow Wilson.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-2247894729017357&output=html&h=280&slotname=3764837731&adk=3468241460&adf=3643577548&w=768&fwrn=4&fwrnh=100&lmt=1599234189&rafmt=1&psa=1&guci=1.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&format=768×280&url=https%3A%2F%2Fillicitinfo.com%2Ffeatured%2F2020%2F09%2F01%2Fdc-commission-recommended-washington-and-jefferson-monuments-be-removed-relocated-or-h4p-contextualized%2F&flash=0&fwr=0&fwrattr=true&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&wgl=1&adsid=ChAI8MvH-gUQ1LnT3ozwisdAEkUAxYSG0P4pQtoncxs_PM9GmznjXGdU2uZXHjMdX6UIoJjYeOFH3td__jqJ6fxGhbek13_Zap67DhjfsVpX8lSBqgBEmb8&dt=1599235849935&bpp=2&bdt=726&idt=1320&shv=r20200831&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&prev_fmts=1200×280%2C0x0&nras=1&correlator=5666107797669&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1112381963.1599235851&ga_sid=1599235851&ga_hid=461928309&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=844599589864192&dssz=57&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=120&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=1080&u_w=1920&u_ah=1020&u_aw=1920&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=162&ady=1447&biw=1427&bih=820&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=44723322%2C21067104%2C21066705&oid=3&pvsid=1318483141085816&pem=614&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fl.facebook.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1920%2C23%2C0%2C0%2C1427%2C820&vis=1&rsz=o%7C%7CeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8320&bc=31&jar=2020-09-04-14&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=qqt69td5uc&p=https%3A//illicitinfo.com&dtd=93242

The names of 78 streets, 10 neighborhoods, and 2 libraries were also addressed in the Report.

It was page 22 of the Report, however, that has raised great controversy since its release on Monday. Page 22 recommended that the federal government “remove, relocate, or contextualize eight federal statues and memorials.

Those eight federal statues and memorials include the Columbus Fountain, the Benjamin Franklin Statue, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the George Washington Statue.

Mayor Bowser did not address the recommendations specifically, only stating via Twitter that she looks “forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations.”

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