DC Council Member pushes bill for statues of diverse local history makers

WASHINGTON, DC -- When you think of historical attractions in Washington, DC, national icons like the White House or the statue of Paul Revere might come to mind, but Ward 5 Council Member, Kenyan McDuffie is hoping to bring more attention to some of the local history makers, who've had an impact on both the district and the country.

"I think it's only fitting to put forth a bill that would create at least one statue in each of the eight wards in the District of Columbia to erect statues that reflect the beautiful diversity of the District of Columbia and really honor some of our home grown folks who've really contributed a lot to our country.", says McDuffie.

On Tuesday, he proposed the Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2017, named so for the Washington Native who is touted as a civil rights champion, according to McDuffie.

"He trained people like Thurgood Marshal who's become a household name over the years as dean of Howard university's law school... He was absolutely instrumental in in laying the legal framework that ultimately dismantled the system of segregation that we had in our country.", explained McDuffie.

With his bill, McDuffie says he wants to add to the memorials that already exist, to include more women and other local heroes of color.
It's an effort some in the community are ready to get behind, like native Washingtonian, Micah Anderson who says,
"Anyone who wants to support or encourage history and knowledge of local heroes is better than like national heroes because.. we walked the same streets, so they wouldn't know our area better than we would. And it's nice to know that, oh, this person is responsible for this block or responsible for this area."

McDuffie says site plans for the statues are still up for debate, but says he's open to any and all feedback from his constituents.

He says, "We really just want to get the conversation going and identify the support that's in the community. Perhaps we'll learn about some new  native Washingtonians who we haven't heard of but are worthy or recognition."