The portraits of four House Speakers who served in the Confederacy were pulled from the halls of the U.S. Capitol Thursday at the behest of Nancy Pelosi.
The House Speaker ordered that the paintings be removed to mark Juneteenth, a holiday observed each year on June 19 to mark the official end of slavery in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy,” Pelosi said in a letter to the clerk of the House of Representatives.
“There is no room in the hallowed halls of Congress or in any place of honor for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.”
The artwork depicted Robert Hunter of Virginia, who was speaker from 1839 to 1841; Howell Cobb of Georgia (1849 to 1851); James Orr of South Carolina (1857 to 1859) and Charles Crisp of Georgia, who was speaker after the Civil War, from 1891 to 1895.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Tamar Lapin