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Friday, April 27, 2018

Stephen Foster statue removed from Pittsburgh park amid criticism

A 118-year-old statue of the 'Oh! Susanna' songwriter was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo.

In October, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to take the Stephen Foster sculpture out of Schenley Plaza and find it a new home. For now, it will remain in a storage lot, out of the public view.

On Thursday, workers used straps and construction equipment to lift the 10-foot-bronze statue off its base. It was strapped to a flatbed truck and taken away.



Anonymous said...

Tragic. Great, great songwriter. Nothing wrong or out of line with the statue. Respectful and emblematic. PC wackos run amok, and public officials lacking balls and backbone to just say 'No' actually get people educated.

Saw it many times as a kid. One of the public performance venues for many, many decades is the Stephen Foster Memorial. Guess they'll want it torn down. Unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

They could have just removed the slave.

Anonymous said...

We need to stop stripping history from our sight if Black Lives Matter really wanted to make a statement, leave the statues and just have a plaque at each monument that they consider racist, and everyone would see it, but it is wrong to try to erase our whole history as a nation. And truth being said they will never be satisfied.

Anonymous said...

Just remove all statues and be done with
Enough already

Anonymous said...

5:16 Just remove the blacks and Liberals and make America Great!