Take down the John B. Castleman monument in Louisville
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One of the most prominent statues in the city of Louisville, the John B. Castleman statue is located in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood of the Highlands. However, Castleman is not someone our city should continue to honor with a statue. He was a Confederate major who led guerrillas in the attempted burning of supply boats and was arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. His execution was stayed by Abraham Lincoln and then he was exiled, and then Andrew Johnson pardoned him. It was at that time that he returned to Kentucky.
The statue was erected in 1913 due to efforts from Castleman himself and his friends, though he did not deserve the credit for the purported reason for the statue (see: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/05/26/give-andrew-cowan-statue-thank-him-parks-eric-burnette/323825001/). What he does deserve credit for is the segregation of parks in response to seeing black people playing tennis at Cherokee Park.
Louisville is a growing and diverse city which aims to be compassionate, and a Confederate solider who used guerrilla tactics who also contributed to the segregation of our parks is not the type of person we should honor with a statue. Many people do not know the history behind this statue, and surely would not want it to represent our city or neighborhood upon learning the truth.
We urge you to please remove this statue promptly. Thank you for your consideration.
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