Letters to the Editor

Not forget, teach the past

Artwork on the 21C Hotel-Museum in Lexington relates to the nearby statues of Confederate soldiers.
Artwork on the 21C Hotel-Museum in Lexington relates to the nearby statues of Confederate soldiers. palcala@herald-leader.com

Upon the artwork affixed to the 21c Hotel-Museum and juxtaposed with the Confederate statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckenridge nearby is engraved UNLEARN FEAR + HATE.

Unlearning anything by definition decreases one’s wisdom and amounts to simply forgetting, though neither is possible since the harder one tries to unlearn/forget something the more entrenched it becomes.

The statues remark the evil of slavery and should remain.

A better solution would involve placing a statue of Union Major General John Buford, a genuine hero born in Woodford County, at the site.

Buford was chief of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac, engaged in nine battles, and selected the field of battle at Gettysburg, the high ground against a superior force. He rode so hard and long that his vertebrae were destroyed, thus he needed help to mount his horse. He died six months after the Battle of Gettysburg, at age 37, in 1863 of typhoid.

Morgan was killed at age 39 in 1864, making the comparison complete and the symbolism perfect: Good defeating evil.

The motto on the artwork should be the far more realistic “DEAL WITH FEAR & HATE.”

James L. Clark

Lexington

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