Americans celebrate the heroes by use of the monuments and memorials. (smith 1997)The Texas African American History Memorial, which is located in Texas, is also an example of a memorial that commemorates the emancipation of slaves or represents slavery in the U.S. It is an outdoor monument on Texas Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas, in the U.S. (texas gov 2016)sIt serves as a monument that commemorates African American slaves’ impact in teased Dwight, carved and erected in 2016 by the Texas American History memorial foundation. The memorial described America’s history from the 15th century when the slaves were emancipated. The monument is displays the Juneteenth a day where hundreds of Union soldiers went to Texas announcing the freeing of the slaves present in the United States. (Sacher 2014) The memorial also describes the livestock, oil industries. It was projected to show the roots of slaves in Texas, a history pre-dating the United States. The memorial is significantly located in the Texas state since it commemorates the slaves who contributed to the state without being awarded. The memorial aims the people of Texas, whereby it shows them to appreciate the African Americans’ contribution to their state. In 1876 Thomas Ball designed and carved a monument that displayed Abraham Lincoln having an emancipation proclamation making free a slave(nps 2014). The male African American slave was depicted on one knee to get up while the other fist tightened around the president’s foot. It was referred to as the Emancipation Memorial, or the Freedman’s memorial is geographically located in Capitol Hill, which is near Washington dc. It was dedicated in 1922, whereby before that time, it was called the Lincoln memorial.( Sacher 2014) The freed slave’s wages financed the Memorial statue. It was originally directed to the U.S. Capitol before being turned east to face Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial in 1974. It also appears in the register of National historical places located in Washington DC. The national memorial honors the sixteenth president of the United States, and also it shows his faith in the freedom and dignity of all people despite their race tribe. The Emancipation Memorial symbolizes how a specific set of people recalled Lincoln in the era after the Civil War. It is worth noting that this is a monument to “Lincoln, The Great Emancipator,” not “Lincoln, Savior of the Union,” as is the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. And while many African Americans loved Father Abraham and revered him as an almost sacred figure of deliverance, there were plenty of people who knew full well that Abraham Lincoln hadn’t pulled off emancipation on his own. Our individual disquietude to the statue helps us reconnect with the terrifying and stormy era of Reconstruction with the fast-changing thoughtful about Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. The geographic location of the monument can be greatly significant. This is because the great Abraham Lincoln ruled from Washington Dc(nps 2016). Thomas Ball sculptured it at Capitol Hill for it to be near to where Lincoln ruled. The middle passage is a monument composing of two halves, which bend towards one another but never touch, the work symbolizes the urge for the history, today and tomorrow to come together for appreciation of cultural diversity and realizing pride. Present, and future to unite for cultural identity and pride to be realized. It commemorates the thousands of Africans who perished during the transatlantic slave trade. The monument east presented to the world on July 3, 1999, during a ceremony in New York, which was scheduled to run from 19th June to 3rd July, which conceded the closing of the 150th emancipation celebration of the Virgin Islands. After the ceremony, the monument will be sailed 427 kilometers off the New York harbors, facing Africa, and lowered into international waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Congressional Black Caucus, led by Delegate Donna Christian-Christiansen, has asked Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to set aside suitable federal lands in Washington, D.C; Charleston and Alexandria, to serve as potential sites for the monument. The Homeward Bound Foundation recommended the sites based on their historical significance in the slave trade. Slavery remains as painful feature of the American history. The suffering of this past encourages people to forget it, and it is deeply built unity in the nation. In the twenty-first century, the public conversation on how best to recall slavery has focused on confessions and compensations. In contrast, the push to create sculptural monuments has arose more slowly. The only way to represent slavery is by arousing feelings of shame and antagonism in public monuments and supporting the countries.
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