A pro-statue activist claiming to be the great great grandson of statue model Alexander Archer. Photo by Christopher Bedford/The Federalist.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Blazing sun and high humidity met hundreds of protesters, counter-protesters, neighborhood residents, police officers, and reporters Friday evening at Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park. The protest, planned Tuesday, hoped to tear the monument of Abraham Lincoln with one hand on the Emancipation Proclamation freeing a slave, modeled by freedman Archer Alexander. It was paid for by local black residents and black Union veterans and dedicated by Frederick Douglass.

Crowds gather at a statue protest. Photo by Christopher Bedford/The Federalist.

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