Lincoln Statue Returned as Cancel Culture Loses
(RightWing.org) – Nearly a decade ago, Cornell University prominently displayed a bust of President Abraham Lincoln as part of an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. School officials scheduled the show for 57 days, starting on October 24, 2013. Inexplicably, the statue remained in the Carl A. Kroch Library until the summer of 2022, when school officials suddenly removed it after receiving an unspecified complaint. However, the bust has suddenly reappeared, scoring another big loss for cancel culture.
Look who's moved from Uris to Kroch! Our Gettysburg exhibition opens tomorrow… pic.twitter.com/4d6cp35cBz
— Cornell_Library (@Cornell_Library) October 23, 2013
Cornell biology Professor Randy Wayne partnered with the Cornell Free Speech Alliance to spearhead a grassroots campaign to restore the bust. Working with alumni, faculty, students, and staff, the group submitted a report detailing their concerns to Elaine Westbrooks, the Kroch Library head.
Westbrook told The College Fix she “directed the cleaning and return to public exhibition” of Lincoln’s bust to the Uris Library, where the statue was originally displayed when Cornell acquired it in 1891 from its creator, Vinnie Ream.
Lincoln statue back on display at Cornell University library after abrupt removal https://t.co/jnoJc6Q6ZO
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 17, 2022
Wayne told Fox News Digital Westbrook made good on that promise, and the bust reappeared. The professor said he considered the return of the statue to public display the “uncanceling [sic]” of “cancel culture,” proclaiming it a “real win” against individuals wanting to erase history at the nation’s universities.
#OnThisDay in 1866, aAt the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female artist to receive a commission from the United States government for a statue (of Abraham Lincoln). pic.twitter.com/8FUimdE85W
— Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2) July 28, 2021
As a side note, sculptor Vinnie Ream went on to become the first woman commissioned by the US government for a statue, a full-size marble statue of Lincoln displayed in the Capitol Building’s rotunda.
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