Last week, the Downtown Cluster of Congregations wrote to the National Park Service to request the removal of the statue of Albert Pike at Judiciary Square.
Albert Pike served as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. His actions do not warrant this monument in public space. Indeed, this statue and other statues of Confederate leaders under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service should be removed — not just here in the nation’s capital but wherever they may be located — as they are a most hurtful reminder of the tragedies of American history and the unfathomable burdens placed upon so many.
The time has come for these to be removed, given the suffering, sacrifice and ongoing oppressive impacts the events of the Civil War and the centuries of slavery in America have exacted upon so many.
Terry Lynch, Executive Director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations