George Floyd? Donald Trump? Hero statue nominations are in
The nominations of statues for President Donald Trump’s planned National Garden of American Heroes are in, and the suggestions from around the country look more activist and less white overall than the president’s nominees Trump announced over the Fourth of July he was creating a statue garden of heroes.
A Trump task force says it reached out to thousands of state and local officials for proposals.
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, commissioner Amy Zanelli is suggesting George Floyd and other Black Americans killed by police. Custer County, Idaho, Commissioner Steve Smith names Trump himself. But a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is urging Trump to focus on the coronavirus instead.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has floated the Black Hills as a potential location for the monument since President Trump’s announcement, with Mount Rushmore in particular as an ideal site.
“I would propose that the National Garden be built at Mount Rushmore National Memorial as an expansion of the Memorial site.” Governor Noem wrote in a July letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, “It was at Mount Rushmore that President Trump announced his plans for the National Garden, and additional sculptures that honor American heroes would be a fitting extension to our “Shrine to Democracy.”