More than 150 monuments, buildings and parks in D.C. have actually now been suggested for name changes, contextualization or removal since the historical figure they are called for is either thought about a racist or doesn't reflect the worths of D.C. homeowners.
Over practically 2 months, D.C. citizens got to weigh in and the D.C. Facilities and Commemorative Expressions Working Group (DCFACES) looked into. DCFACES released suggestions Tuesday for sites including the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.
Others that were expected consist of Woodrow Wilson High School, the water fountain at Chevy Chase Circle and the Albert Pike statue, which was torn down by protesters.
Twenty-one public schools are on the list, in addition to 12 parks and entertainment centers and 7 government structures.
Other names on the list with buildings or monoliths consist of:
- Alexander Graham Bell
- Benjamin Franklin
- Francis Scott Key
- George Mason
- Christopher Columbus
Mayor Muriel Bowser entrusted DCFACES with making the suggestions after calls to rename Wilson High School and demonstrations around the nation.
Whether any changes will be made is yet to be seen. Some of the monoliths are on federal land.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt spoke versus any modifications in a tweet Tuesday evening.
“Not on my watch. Never going to take place,” it said.
The report page on federal monoliths was removed after Bernhardt tweeted. A representative for Bowser said the mayor desires the task force to focus on sites
on local, not federal, land. 3 weeks previously, the co-chair of the name change group said they would make suggestions for federal homes as
What was ended the report was roads and bridges, as well as any description as to particularly why these historical figures were thought about offensive.