Abraham Lincoln, Boston, Congressman Kennedy discussed on Nightside with Dan Rea
Good evening, Everybody Welcome on into a Wednesday night edition of Night Side, Nicole Davis, thank you very much to call on newsroom duty and Expected later on. We're probably going to hear from dawn half assed the evening wears on. I am here with you for the next four hours from eight until midnight. I will be happy to tell you that we will have as a guest at nine o'clock. Right after the nine o'clock news Congressman Joseph Kennedy, Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, of course, who is running against the incumbent, Massachusetts center and Marquis. That primary is now really only about eight weeks away from Well, I don't know. I think it's September 1st. So today's July 1st, probably nine weeks from tomorrow when you calculate all the haven't looked at the calendar, but it's going to come at its very, very quickly. Talk with Congressman Kennedy tonight at nine o'clock to talk with Senator Markey tomorrow night. At eight o'clock. This might be a good opportunity for everybody to I think a little bit about that Democratic primary in which of those candidates, you would decide to support given opportunity to call in and talk to either one of them as well. Later on tonight, we're gonna talk about the great Mask conduct conundrum. The mask up debate. If you will, a lot of interesting points of view on that some people are not interested in wearing masks. Others feel that they are the key to breaking the back of the pandemic. So I think we'll have an interesting conversation on that again. My name's Dan Ray. I'm here tonight. Every night from eight until midnight. First up tonight. Late last night, there was some breaking news during our Broadcast and producer Mark Lovell, who was sitting in tonight for Rob Brooks was kind enough to send along the story last night and a quest read more about it today that the So called Lincoln Emancipation statue, which has stood in Boston's Park Square since 18 79. Which means it's been there. What 141 years will not be there much longer. I'm not sure if it's going to be there 141 more hours last night. The Boston Art Commission. I'm Frank frankly, had never heard of the Boston Art Commission much before last night. There's a lot of commissions. They voted unanimously. Eight to nothing to Ah, Remove the statue. Now one of the motivating factors and this was a young guy out of Dorchester named a Tory Bullock. Who collected some 12,650 signatures to have the statue removed. Relocated. We did invite Torrey to join us tonight. He had been on the show with us a couple of weeks ago. Well, uh, he was unavailable tonight. But I do want you to know as always, we we reach out to people and if they can take advantage of the opportunity great if they can't Well, you know, night side. I might be here from eight to midnight. But other people have other things to do as well. So we do not have Tori tonight, but he certainly was very successful. Little bit of background of the statue is called the Emancipation Memorial. It's also called the Friedmans Memorial was erected in Washington. The original is still standing in Washington, 18 76 although that is under Certainly criticism at this point the delegate down there, Eleanor No. Holmes Norton, basically that the non voting member of Congress would be one way to describe it. She wants that statue removed as well. There was some threats that the statue would be tourney down. I mean, this is Abraham Lincoln. Now I know that there are different people who look at this differently. But let's just look at a little bit of the history of it, and then we'll open up the phone lines. This is the fate of calm play. I don't think this statue was coming back. But I do think it's important to hear what you think about it. And this some aspects of it that I think of quite interesting. Certainly interesting, historically. Ah, the sculpture of the statute actually from Boston. His name is Thomas Ball. His name was Thomas Ball. He was born in Charlestown. And not only does it depict Lincoln Asi. Great Emancipator is we've course all new. I mean, no, there's a lot of arguments and a lot of questions about you know, how would what Lincoln really feel. Did he do this? And you can talk about all of that. But the reality is as the president of the United States. Um, he he held the nation together. The South could have succeeded in that could've been it. Or the South could have won. Lincoln, as we know was assassinated in April of 18 65 just days after the end of the war. So besides Lincoln, who's holding in his hand? The Emancipation Proclamation. There is a slave who is bent over on one name, something Perhaps, that the slave is about to rise up are others view it as a very paternalistic pose of Naked with his hand over the head of that slave. The slave apparently is a fellow named Archer Alexander. Who himself helped the Union Army. It was a hero of the Civil war himself. And the statute that is in Boston was a gift to the city by then. Boston politician. No, I never interviewed him. Name was Moses Kimball, and in 18 79 he made a gift. It's a smaller up a replica of the statute in the one that's in Washington. So all of course, the issues that we have been dealing with in the last few weeks. As result of the horrific murder of George Floyd. Ah, Tory Bullock looked at the statue and collected as I said 12,650 signatures to have it removed. Now in the Globe today, it was reported that a relative a distant relative of Archer Alexander, a gentleman by the name of Keith Alexander. Ah suggested that the statue be moved to Alexander's grave site. He is buried somewhere near ST Louis. No. I actually think that's a good idea if the statue has to leave Austin..