2020-06-20 18:21:04 UTC
By Vandana Rambaran
Published 14 mins ago
A statue of former President Ulysses S. Grant-- the Union general who
led his army to victory against the Confederacy during the Civil War--
was toppled on Friday as hundreds gathered in San Francisco to
During his tenure in the White House, Grant advocated for the civil
rights of former slaves and helped ratify the Fifteenth Amendment,
which gave blacks the right to vote.
While Grant allowed pardons for former Confederate leaders, he also
passed laws that limited the activities of the Klu Klux Klan to prevent
them from terrorizing African Americans.
Critics of the former president point to the fact that he owned a
slave, who may have been gifted to him but was freed before the
beginning of the war.
Nearly 400 people gathered to knock down the effigy on the anniversary
commemorating the day African Americans in Texas were finally informed
that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation
freeing slaves living in Confederate states two years earlier.
No arrests were made during the statue incident, according to NBC Bay
The statue was one of three knocked over Golden Gate Park during
The others included a statue of Junípero Serra, an 18th-century
missionary who was declared a saint in the Catholic Church, and Francis
Scott Key, the author of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled