FORT HAMILTON — Church officers Wednesday eliminated a memorial to Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee that was first mounted to a tree outdoors St. Johns Episcopal Church in Fort Hamilton greater than one hundred years in the past.
Officers with the Episcopal Diocese of Lengthy Island took down the commemorative plaque after a wave of violence swept Charlottesville, Virginia final weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis descended on the town to protest the removing of a Robert E. Lee statue from a park.
“Given all the circumstances that we as a nation have skilled during the last week and a number of other months — the rhetoric that’s a part of our American tradition in the present day — it turned very clear to all of us that this reminder of an oppressive time in our historical past actually must be righted,” stated Bishop Lawrence Provenzano at a Wednesday information convention. “That nobody ought to [have to] stroll by right here, notably members of the African American group whose ancestors have been the victims of slavery, and be reminded of the previous.”
The removing got here on the urging of Lutheran Minister Khader El-Yateem, who’s operating for the forty third District Metropolis Council seat. He stated he feels the memorial has no place on metropolis streets and will as an alternative be preserved as a bit of the nation’s historical past.
“Common Lee must be within the historical past books not our streets,” El-Yateem informed DNAinfo New York. “These are individuals who fought to protect slavery and shouldn’t be celebrated. This isn’t about erasing historical past, it’s about ensuring we keep in mind it within the applicable approach.”
The pill pays homage to a maple tree planted by the overall, who worshipped on the church throughout his time as a army engineer on the Fort Hamilton Military Base within the 1840s.
The memorial has been mounted to a maple tree within the church’s yard for greater than one hundred years. (DNAinfo/Caroline Spivack)
Members with the New York chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the monument almost 50 years after Lee led the Accomplice Military through the Civil Warfare.
“This tree was planted by Common Robert Edward Lee whereas stationed at Fort Hamilton from 1842 to 1847,”…