Tens of thousands of fans of the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman are demanding that his South Carolina hometown erect a memorial for the beloved actor in place of a 118-year-old Confederate monument.
As of Thursday morning, a total of more than 100,000 people electronically signed several online petitions calling on the city council to remove the Confederate statue that stands in front of the Anderson County Court House.
‘With Chadwick Boseman’s early passing, it is important that we honor a true local legend by immortalizing him in stone in front of the courthouse,’ one of the petition’s authors wrote on Change.org.
‘The Confederate Monument belongs in a museum, but has no right to be displayed there [in front of the courthouse].
Several petitions circulating online are demanding that Anderson, South Carolina, honor the late hometown hero Chadwick Boseman with a statue. Boseman (seen above in November 2019 in Los Angeles) died on Friday at the age of 43. He was diagnosed with colon cancer
Petitioners want a statue of Boseman to replace the 118-year-old Confederate monument (seen in the above file photo) that currently is displayed in front of the Anderson Court House
‘I believe the community should come together to honor someone from Anderson, South Carolina that was able to change the movie industry.’
The petition states: 'It is only natural that his hometown honors what he did. There is no need for political controversy in this decision.'
Another petition started by DeAndre Weaver, an Anderson University student who is majoring in theater, has attracted more than 60,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
‘There’s no reason [the Confederate Monument] should be there anymore,’ Weaver said.
‘If we could replace that with something honoring Mr. Boseman, that would be so positive for the community.’
An inscription at the base of the statue reads: 'The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right.'
The Confederate monument in Anderson was dedicated in January 1902.
Atop the monument stands a Confederate soldier that depicts the likeness of William Wirt Humphreys.
A lawyer and newspaper editor, Humphreys was an officer who led a company of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Humphreys was beloved in the local community after leading the Palmetto Riflemen, a group of soldiers comprised entirely of enlisted men from Anderson.
After suffering life-threatening wounds, he re-enlisted in the war effort and rose up the officer ranks to lead men into several battles.
Humphreys died in 1893. The monument and statue were erected nine years later.
An inscription at the base of the statue reads: 'The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee,