Pelosi to Have all Confederate Portraits in Capitol Removed
There reckoning over tributes to the Confederate Army has been in the works for years. Statues have come down in many cities. Even more monuments have been removed, either by protesters or lawmakers during the George Floyd protests.
This movement has forced a number of politicians to look at other places where the Confederacy is celebrated. And one of those places is in the Capitol building where portraits commemorate 4 members of the Confederacy. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in observance of Junteenth, has ordered those portraits to be removed.
When 4 House Speakers served in the Confederacy they could never fathom a world where a woman Speaker would order their portraits removed from their places of honor in a process overseen by a black female Clerk of the House. But here we are. #Juneteenth2020 pic.twitter.com/6eDxQf2UET
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) June 18, 2020
Pelosi made the request in a letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Cheryl Johnson. The Speaker wrote, “There is no room in the hallowed halls of Congress or in any place of honor for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.”
The California congresswoman continued:
“We cannot honor men such as James Orr, who swore on the House Floor to ‘preserve and perpetuate’ slavery in order to ‘enjoy our property in peace, quiet and security,’ or Robert Hunter, who served at nearly every level of the Confederacy, including in the Confederate Provincial Congress, as Confederate Secretary of State, in the Confederate Senate and in the Confederate Army. The portraits of these men are symbols that set back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry.”
Watch a clip of Pelosi explaining her decision here, courtesy of MSNBC:
— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) June 18, 2020