Washburn U. Returns Jefferson, Franklin Statues ‘to Get Ahead of Possible Disapproval’ From Students
“They didn’t want the statues to become a source of embarrassment so they asked that they be returned.”
This is how bad it’s become in America. Now places are removing supposed contentious statues before anyone says anything.
From Campus Reform:
Washburn University President Jerry Farley said he wanted to get ahead of possible disapproval of the founding father statues during an interview with WIBW-TV. The move came just months after the University of Missouri rejected calls by students to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson because he was a slave owner, as Campus Reform reported at the time.
Farley called the widow of statue donor alum Gerald Michaud, who died in 2005, to explain his concerns about the statue situation.
According to Farley, a family representative said if it was going to start problems, they didn’t want their name associated with it. Then, the donor family asked for the statues to be returned to them.
The school replaced the statues with blue benches. Farley said the school had a lot of other art around campus, and that it was best to move on without the Jefferson and Franklin statues.
“It was the donor’s decision to have the statues returned,” school spokesperson Patrick Early said, according to the Columbia Missourian. “They didn’t want the statues to become a source of embarrassment so they asked that they be returned.”
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