Remove the Controversial Orville Hubbard Monument in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Orville Liscum Hubbard (April 2, 1903 – December 16, 1982) was the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan for 36 years, from 1942 to 1978. Sometimes referred to as the "Dictator of Dearborn", Hubbard was the most outspoken segregationist north of the Mason-Dixon line. During his administration, non-whites were aggressively discouraged from residing in Dearborn, and Hubbard's longstanding campaign to "Keep Dearborn Clean" was widely understood to mean "Keep Dearborn White." When he left office in 1978, only 20 African-Americans lived in Dearborn—a city with a population of 90,000.
A statue of Hubbard erected in front of City Hall remains a subject of controversy. A Michigan Historical marker near the statue refers to Hubbard as "an effective administrator" who "made Dearborn known for punctual trash collection", but omits any discussion of his segregationist policies. Some groups have urged the City to remove the statue. In his book, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, James W. Loewen listed the Hubbard statue as one of the Top 20 historical monuments ripe for "toppling", along with the obelisk celebrating the White Legion New Orleans and "The Good Darky" statue at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge. The City removed the statue September 29, 2015 and stored it at the Dearborn Historical Museum. It was reinstalled in March of 2017 for unknown political reasons.
Further stirring controversy, the City of Dearborn has designated the former mayor's birthday as a municipal holiday, and has named a street and two senior citizen's centers after him. -Wikipedia
The solution is to remove the statue from the public eye permanently. If we are successful, the statue will be removed and never displayed again. If we fail this monument will continue to cast a shadow of hate and bigotry over the great streets of Dearborn, Michigan and it's community.
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