Replace Maj. Gen. Schuyler Statue with John Robert Lewis Statue in New York

Replace Maj. Gen. Schuyler Statue with John Robert Lewis Statue in New York

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Tosha Stein started this petition to Kathy Sheehan and

On June 11th of 2020, Mayor Kathy Sheehan of New York fulfilled her civic responsibility in representing her constituents by signing an order to remove a statue which represented Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler, the reported largest slave owner in Albany.

We, your humble and grateful constituents, ask that you help progress our civilization towards a brighter future by one more leap of progress. Replace the statue of Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler with one of the recently passed and beloved John Robert Lewis.

John Robert Lewis was the true antithesis of what the statue of Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler represented, which in turn, represents the entire basis for the Black Lives Matter movement. Let us depict John Robert Lewis in his own powerful glory wearing a blue and purple ribbon, setting out to change the world for a better tomorrow through acts of good trouble while crossing that bridge one more time, the last time. Not only for himself but for OUR society.

For a better tomorrow we need to exemplify figures in our society such as John Robert Lewis who fought with love, who hugged during physical confrontations, who spoke truth and justice from his heart hoping nothing more than for a better tomorrow for ALL peoples.

We need to show future generations who we admire and who they should aspire to be. But, we also need to see this for ourselves. 

We ask that the statue include four quotes by Mr. John Robert Lewis on the column which the statue will stand, therefor his words will radiate in all directions of the world:

1. "You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone – any person or any force – dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant."

2. “Every generation leaves behind a legacy. What that legacy will be is determined by the people of that generation. What legacy do you want to leave behind?”

3. “My dear friends: Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.”

4. “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something. Our children and their children will ask us, ‘What did you do? What did you say?’ For some, this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history.”

We, your humble and grateful constituents, whom learned an even more deep meaning of such a life from John Robert Lewis, ask you to once again, represent your constituents and build a statue representing a man who represented us all.

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