Nancy Pelosi To Remove Portraits Of Confederate House Speakers From U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Ordered the immediate removal of portraits of four former House Speaker who served in the Confederacy in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.
"There is no place in the sacred halls of Congress or in a place of honor to commemorate men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy," Pelosi said in a letter to the House officials.
The spokeswoman said she pulls down the portraits on Friday, June 19, which happens this year in a moment of "extraordinary national fear" as we mourn the hundreds of black Americans killed by racial injustice and police brutality, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others. "
The four portraits were made by former Speaker of the House of Representatives Robert Hunter from Virginia, who served between 1839 and 1841. Howell Cobb of Georgia, who served 1849-1851; James Orr of South Carolina, who served between 1857 and 1859; and Charles Crisp of Georgia, who served from 1891-1895.
Here is a copy of her letter to the house staff.
Pelosi made it clear last week that she also wanted Confederate statues from the Capitol. She called them "monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism in order to achieve such a clearly racist end."
It is not authorized to remove them. This is a more complicated process in which the capitol architect and states donate statues to honor their history. In a letter to the Congress Committee responsible for the exhibition of statues in the Capitol, she asked the Capitol architects to “immediately” remove the 11 Confederate statues in the building.
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