Woke Board proposes a national slavery memorial in James Madison’s home

Woke activists in charge of Montpelier — the home where James Madison drafted the US Constitution — plan to build a massive national slavery monument on the site of the Founding Father’s Virginia plantation.

Critics and historians say such a memorial would turn the fourth president’s legacy on its head and become the center of attention in his own home.

The revelation came last week during Montpelier’s first “Constitution Month”, a series of tours and lectures to commemorate the 235th anniversary of the document’s signing in 1787.

Board members — who ousted Montpelier’s previous leadership in May after a bitter public struggle — announced their memorial plans Sept. 17 at a sparsely attended panel session titled “Equal Power-Sharing at Montpelier” at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center Estate of the mansion.

Chairman of the Board James French, far left, with other board members on Constitution Day.
Chairman of the Board James French, far left, with other board members on Constitution Day.
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“The home of the Constitution should be the place that recognizes the contributions of the descendants of enslaved communities across America,” stated Rev. Larry Walker, a trustee.

“We want to make this a national memorial to the ‘invisible founders,'” said Walker — slaves who he believes deserve equal credit for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights because their work affects the personal lives of Madison, Thomas Jefferson, funded. and many of the nation’s early leaders. Madison owned 38 enslaved African Americans when he died in 1836 — and unlike George Washington, he freed none of them in his will.

The memorial plan resembles a victory dance, accuses one critic.

Madison's study, where he developed the Constitution.
Madison’s study, where he developed the Constitution.
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“These people are doing what any totalitarian regime would do,” said Douglas MacKinnon, author of The 56, of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. “They want to create a whole new narrative that isn’t based on reality. As they say, the winner gets to write history – and now our history is being rewritten before our eyes. ”

In July, The Post described the ire of tourists expecting to see how Madison created our government’s most important documents on their visits to Montpelier – only to find high-tech exhibits about slavery and racial conflict that, thanks to generous funding, have taken precedence over his life story by Rubenstein and other globalist donors.

Chairman James French, joining Walker on September 17, shared a photo of the iconic Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. “to … illustrate our desire to create a national monument to the legacy of those who were enslaved,” while he CEO was Elizabeth Chew, who listed the memorial plan as one of four “big future projects” on the museum’s agenda.

Visitors to Montpelier.
Visitors to Montpelier.
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“Our memorial project will not be limited to a bench and a plaque,” Walker promised.

As he spoke, history buffs elsewhere on the estate heard about Madison’s accomplishments — and not his “enslaver” status — on special Constitution-themed tours scheduled after The Post uncovered the woke narrative that’s happening daily at the site was spread.

Montpelier historical interpreter Zeb Gray wore a “We the People” tie as he described the philosophical roots of Madison’s constitution. The “brilliant” founder’s Federalist Papers are “probably the greatest piece of political analysis in world history,” Gray said.

Board member Rev. Larry Walker on the premises.
Board member Rev. Larry Walker on the premises.
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“Wow. What a free country,” marveled tour guide Patrick Campbell as he analyzed the First Amendment during the limited Bill of Rights tour. “What a country worth defending.”

“If every civics teacher were as excited as you are, our kids might actually learn something,” one guest told Campbell.

“These are the tours they should be doing every day, not just a few Saturdays in September,” said a Virginia schoolteacher who returned to Montpelier for Constitution Day after completing his standard home tour earlier this year focused on experienced slavery.

The interior of James Madison's historic home.
The interior of James Madison’s historic home.
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“I taught civics and government and today I learned things I had never heard of before,” the teacher added.

Proposals for a national slavery memorial have been circulating for decades. Most recently, in 2003, a plan to erect a National Slave Memorial in Washington, DC failed in Congress when lawmakers chose to authorize the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture instead.

“A memorial to American slaves is a goal worth striving for,” MacKinnon said.

Information for a tour at James Madison Montpelier.
Information for a tour at James Madison Montpelier.
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“But the only reason to build it in James Madison’s home is if you aim to deny, humiliate and dismiss him by focusing on his weaknesses rather than his massive contributions.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/24/woke-board-proposes-national-slavery-monument-at-james-madisons-home/ Woke Board proposes a national slavery memorial in James Madison’s home

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