Residents Of The Late Chadwick Boseman’s Hometown Are Calling For A Confederate Statue To Be Removed And Replaced With One Of The Actor
Last Friday, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman’s family confirmed to the world in a final tweet to his Twitter account that he passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” Boseman’s family wrote. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
On Saturday, Twitter confirmed the tweet about Boseman’s death made from his account had become the most-liked tweet on Twitter of all time. But it’s more than a tweet that is making history. Following his death, residents of Chadwick Boseman’s hometown of Anderson, South Carolina launched a petition to honor the actor. The move, if followed through, certainly won’t reverse history, but it will definitely help to set it back on the right course.
The people of Anderson, South Carolina have rallied to replace a Confederate monument with a memorial honoring Chadwick Boseman.
The tribute is being described as one “fit for a king.” The petition has already racked up thousands of signatures on Change.org.
“Mr. Boseman is without question an American treasure and his accolades go on and on. It is only fitting that his work is honored in the same place that birthed him,” the petition which was written by DeAndre Weaver reads. “He opened many doors for many young black people with his leading roles in movies such as Black Panther or Marshall.”
The original statue, which was dedicated to Confederate veterans of Anderson County, was erected in 1902.
According to a state website, the statue depicts a soldier standing on a platform and reads, “The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right,”
The petition calls for the statue to be moved to the Anderson County Museum and be replaced with a monument dedicated to Boseman
“It is only natural that his hometown honors what he did. There is no need for political controversy in this decision,” the petition reads. “The old statue need not be destroyed; however, with the engravings on the base, it is beyond time for its retirement.”
Confederate statues in South Carolina are protected by a heritage act and would need to be authorized by the state in order for it to be removed.
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