After the death of lauded actor Chadwick Boseman, a Change.org petition is advocating replacing a Confederate statue with a statue of the famed actor in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina has reached its first goal.
The petition first had a goal of 10,000 signatures. After reaching 15,000, the goals has now been moved to 25,000.
“He opened many doors for many young black people with his leading roles in movies such as Black Panther or Marshall,” the petition reads. “It is only natural that his hometown honors what he did. There is no need for political controversy in this decision.”
The petition requests that Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts relocate the Confederate statue to a museum.
“There is no need for political controversy in this decision. The old statue need not be destroyed; however, with the engravings on the base, it is beyond time for its retirement,” the petition reads. “The Anderson County Museum should be the permanent home to the Confederate Monument. It should be accompanied by the history of the monument and the reasoning for its relocation. It should preserve history, but not honor the ideals for which the Confederacy stood.”
Boseman last Friday at the age of 43 at his home after a private four-year battle with colon cancer.
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