Franklin Garcia, Albert Pike Statue
Franklin Garcia (photo), the Shadow congressperson from the District of Columbia, lent his voice to a rally for the removal of a statue of Albert Pike (1809-1891) which took place on August 18, 2017 in Washington D.C. The statue of Pike, erected in 1901, is the only outdoor sculpture in the city honoring a Confederate general, although he is dressed as a civilian, not a soldier.
The rally to remove the statue came in the wake of racially motivated violence in Charlottesville Va., just days earlier, over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee which renewed interest in many cities and states to remove other Confederate statues and memorials from public land. (Photo by Jeff Malet)