Three Maryland congressmen introduced a resolution calling to remove the General Robert E. Lee Statue from Antietam National Battlefield.
U.S. Representative Anthony Brown sponsored House Resolution 970. The co-sponsors are Rep. Jamie Raskin and Rep. David Trone.
They stated the statue to be “pro-Confederate propaganda.”
The National Parks Service policy states that unless directed by legislation, the statue will not be removed.
We heard from people visiting Antietam National Battlefield to see if they supported the removal of the historical statue.
“The statue to Robert E. Lee was built, dedicated in 2003 on private land, and then a few years later, the Parks Service was able to acquire that land,” said Brian Baracz of the National Parks Service. “So in that deal, they acquired the Robert E. Lee statue.”
“A statue belongs up at a place like this,” said Tim Moran, a teacher from Silver Spring. “It doesn’t memorialize the cause, it memorializes a place like this.”
“My great grandfather fought for the North, but he also respected the South for their beliefs,” said Kay Wayts of West Virginia.”
Steve Heveron-Smith from New York who was also visiting the battlefield said,
“We can’t throw it away, but we have to recognize it,” said Steve Heveron-Smith of New York. “We have to understand that slavery was wrong and the Civil War was fought over slavery, and that was wrong as well. So we need to take a look at that.”
“You can’t take a present judgment on his role in the war 150 years ago,” said James Rif of Gettysburg. “It was a different time and a different country.”
A similar bill to remove the same General Lee statue from the battlefield was also proposed in 2017, but was not passed.