Tagged: Albert Pike statue
June 21, 2020 at 8:18 pm #15596
Trump labels toppling of Confederate general statue in Washington a ‘disgrace’
Protesters have toppled Washington DC’s only statue of a Confederate general and set it on fire, according to US media, an act labeled a “disgrace” by President Donald Trump.
The images, broadcast on ABC7 News late on Friday, showed the figure of Albert Pike being pulled down by rope before dozens of demonstrators started chanting “black lives matter” and set fire to it.
Mr Trump tweeted shortly afterwards, tagging the city’s mayor, that the “D.C. police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!”
The capital’s Democratic mayor Muriel Bowser and Mr Trump have jousted over the use of force in Washington DC, with the president previously calling in the National Guard to quell unrest.
The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country! @MayorBowser
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2020June 21, 2020 at 8:34 pm #15597
Although he is depicted in this bronze pedestrian statue in civilian dress, presented as a Masonic leader rather than a military man, Albert Pike was a senior officer in the Confederate Army. This statue, erected by the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, is the only public sculpture in DC to commemorate a Confederate general.
While Masons lobbied Congress for land to erect their planned monument to Pike in the 1890s, Union Army veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic organization petitioned their Congressmen to refuse the request due to Pike’s allegiance to the Confederacy. However, Congress was satisfied with the Masons’ reassurance that Pike would be depicted as a civilian rather than as a soldier, and the land for the memorial was approved on April 9, 1898.
Designed by Gaetano Trentanove, the statue was dedicated on October 23, 1901. The figure of Pike stands 11 feet tall upon a high granite pedestal, which features the allegorical Goddess of Masonry, who holds the banner of the Scottish Rite.
Dating back to the efforts of Union veterans to prevent the statue from being erected at all, many have argued for the removal of the statue due to Pike’s racism and bigotry and his role in the Confederacy. Civil rights activists and local government officials have urged for the statue to be torn down for decades.June 21, 2020 at 8:35 pm #15598
I wonder how the Freemasons will deal with the statue of one of their most revered figures being torn down? I’d say there will be consequences for this. Though personally i can’t say i’m sorry to see the end of a statue of that wicked man Albert Pike!!!
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