Councilmember to introduce motion to remove ‘pro-slavery’ Harrison statue from Piatt Park

Councilmember to introduce motion to remove ‘pro-slavery’ Harrison statue from Piatt Park
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A member of the Cincinnati City Council says he is sponsoring a motion to remove and relocate the statue of former President William Henry Harrison from Piatt Park.

Councilmember Chris Seelbach posted Sunday on Facebook he is in favor of removing “the pro-slavery William Henry Harrison statue in Piatt Park.”

I am sponsoring a motion to remove and relocate the pro-slavery William Henry Harrison statue in Piatt Park. This is...

Posted by Chris Seelbach on Sunday, June 14, 2020

Harrison, who was the ninth President of the United States, was a senator from Ohio as well as a congressman.

Before taking office in 1841, Harrison owned slaves he had inherited, according to the History Channel.

Harrison even opposed Congress’ attempts to restrict slavery and lessen the authority slave masters had over their slaves, says a political history affiliate of the University of Virginia.

The statue sitting in Piatt Park reads “Ohio’s First President.”

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