Draggingtree Posted November 21, 2022 Share Posted November 21, 2022 The Fate of Moses Jacob Ezekiel and His Memorial to the Confederate Dead NOVEMBER 1, 2022BY RICHARD T. HINES Detail from the plinth of Moses Jacob Ezekiel’s Confederate Monument, showing a black soldier marching in the Confederate Army and a black mammy comforting a soldier’s child. (Wikimedia Commons) Just a few years ago, a monument to post-Civil War peace and reconciliation sculpted by one of America’s most gifted Jewish artists was universally acclaimed. Now a woke military commission and left-wing activists plan to destroy it. Efforts are underway to remove a familiar American monument from the spot in Arlington National Cemetery where it has stood since June 1914. That was when President Woodrow Wilson presided over the dedication of Moses Jacob Ezekiel’s sweeping Confederate Memorial, marking the graves of over 400 Southerners who fought for the independence of their states. In his speech, President Wilson characterized the monument as “an emblem of a reunited people.” The Washington Post, on May 24, 1914, reported that the Confederate Memorial “means, primarily, peace.” Everyone, North and South, understood at the time of its creation that the monument symbolized the reconciliation of the two parts of the American nation that had been at war 60 years earlier. The reunification of America had become very obvious by 1898. The Spanish-American War, in which Union and Confederate veterans had fought side by side, had just concluded. https://chroniclesmagazine.org/recent-features/the-fate-of-moses-jacob-ezekiel-and-his-memorial-to-the-confederate-dead/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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