Sending Office: Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Please cosponsor my bill (H.R. 3983) to require the removal of a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike from federal land near Judiciary Square in the District of Columbia. This statue is different from other Confederate statues elsewhere in the United
States, as it was authorized by Congress in 1898, and was paid for in part with federal funds. The Freemasons, of which Pike was a member, donated the majority of the funds needed to build and install the statue in 1901. Pike served dishonorably and was
forced to resign from the Confederate Army in disgrace. Soldiers under his command were found to have mutilated the bodies of Union soldiers, and he was ultimately imprisoned after his fellow Confederate officers reported that he had been misappropriating
funds. Adding to the dishonor of taking up arms against the United States, Pike dishonored even his Confederate military service. He certainly has no claim to be memorialized in the nation’s capital. Even those who do not want Confederate statues removed
would have a difficult time justifying the Pike statue, especially considering his history.
Confederate statues should be moved to more appropriate settings, such as museums or cultural institutions, to avoid erasing an important part of history from which Americans must continue to learn. I have met with the Freemasons, who have said publicly
that they support the statue’s removal, given its divisive nature. The Mayor of the District of Columbia and the D.C. Council also support the removal of the statue, and my bill prohibits the use of federal funds to remove the Pike statue.
If you would like to become a cosponsor or if you have any questions about the bill, please contact Meagan Hatcher-Mays in my office at (202) 225-8050 or
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