Nicole around not good because of how long ago

Nicole JohnsonHistoric PreservationFinal Exam20171212 There is a lot of controversy going on with the confederate monuments over the discussion of being racist, upsetting, and all around not good because of how long ago they were built. A lot of this is coming from the balance between historical preservation and remembrance and racial sensitivity. With most of these monuments being built in or around the 1920s, most people feel that they have no significance nowadays. They feel that we are bringing back those racial problems that we had many years ago. There are multiple confederate monuments that people do appreciate and it has come to my knowledge that no one ever had a problem with any of these being up until recently. A couple of these confederate monuments got taken down this past August, 2017, and they are now sitting in a vacant lot. I understand where these civilians are coming from but they also need to look at it from a veterans perspective. A veteran, who served 28 years and finished four combat tours, felt that this movement towards removal does a disservice to history and art preservation. When the political winds change is when the decision to keep or remove monuments occur. “Michael Landree, Executive Director of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, argues that destroying or moving these monuments would do a disrespect to those who raised the funds to build them, as well as dishonor those who may have been benefactors to universities and other public institutions. “In many instances, these colleges and communities would not exist without their philanthropic work to rebuild the destroyed communities and advance the education of the people,” he wrote in an email.” My personal opinion about all of this has to disagree with those civilians in the racial profiling of these monuments. These monuments teach us a lesson and show how much change we have been through since the 1920s. Yes, I will agree that there was a  lot of political issues back in the 1920s and everything had to do with racism back then with slavery and all of that going on but it just shows how much better everything has gotten. I will be discussing the monuments and the significance of each one to show how they do have relevance nowadays and should be shown to the public.One of these monuments was erected in 1903 by the Maryland Daughters of the Confederacy at what was then a gateway to Druid Hill Park. The monument by sculptor F. Wellington Ruckstuhl from New York shows a figure Glory holding up a dying Confederate soldier, who is holding the Confederate Battle Flag. This sculpture depicts Glory, an allegorical figure that looks in this sculpture like an angel, holding up a dying Confederate soldier in one arm while raising the laurel crown of Victory in the other. Underneath, the inscription states “Gloria Victis,” meaning “Glory to the Vanquished.” Another monument stands 67 feet above Libby Hill, and the soldier overlooks all of Richmond. People like it because they say that he can see everything below him whether it is the lakes, rivers, people, trees, animals, etc. Since this monument was revealed, the surroundings have changed in ways of how people start to view it and they enjoy how it overlooks everything. Tens of thousands of Confederate veterans were still alive, and the intervening years had done little to temper the indignity of their defeat. Libby park itself was created in 1851 and is in the middle of that neighborhood. It covers the slopes of the hill between E. Franklin St and Main St. and includes fountains, paths, a small park house, the plaque describing the view that named Richmond, and the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument. It also includes monuments to Sergeant John Henry Taylor and Officer Thomas “Mongo” McMahon. Sergeant Taylor served in the Richmond City Police Department for over 25 years, before retiring in 2009. “Sergeant John Henry Taylor’s Bench” was erected by the Church Hill Crime Watch in honor of his “above and beyond care and concern for the safety of every person living on Churchill and the surrounding areas. Officer McMahon served in the Richmond City Police Department for over 20 years and was killed in the line of duty when, following a car chase, a suspect shot McMahon multiple times.  A monument, dedicated in 1917, the privately and publicly funded sculpture by MICA instructor J. Maxwell Miller was part of an effort across the south to honor the sacrifices of Confederate women. It was paid for by United Confederate Veterans, the Maryland Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the State of Maryland. The monument portrays a dying Confederate soldier with a tattered Confederate Battle Flag and two women, one cradling him and another standing, peering into the horizon. Inscriptions on it include; “The Brave at Home” and “In difficulty and danger, regardless of self, they fed the hungry, clothe the needy, nursed the wounded, and comforted the dying.”