Black leader wants Lincoln statue at UW-Madison removed

PHOTO: President Abraham Lincoln, Photo Date: February 5, 1865
PHOTO: President Abraham Lincoln, Photo Date: February 5, 1865(KMVT)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 12:33 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The leader of a group for Black students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wants a statue of President Abraham Lincoln in place for more than 100 years the heart of campus removed.

Nalah McWhorter is president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union. She told WISC-TV on Thursday that marginalized students do not feel that Lincoln symbolizes the emancipation of slaves.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the university is continuing work on creating a diverse and inclusive campus, but she supports keeping the statue of Lincoln on Bascom Hill that has long served as a photo stop for graduating seniors.

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