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D.C. councilmembers ask for removal of Albert Pike statue

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seven D.C. councilmembers and its attorney general have written a letter to the National Park Service asking for it to remove the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike that stands in Judiciary Square.

At-large Councilmember David Grosso wrote the letter, which was co-signed by Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), Anita Bonds (At-large), Charles Allen (Ward 6), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), Elissa Silverman (At-large), and Robert White (At-large), along with D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine.

"We believe that it’s inappropriate to memorialize this guy. He was a Confederate general, a strong proponent for slavery," said Grosso. "I think it should be destroyed. I don’t think that we should be honoring folks that were acting in such a violent way to uphold something like slavery."

The land where the statue sits is controlled by the NPS.

Pike was a Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War, but does not appear in uniform for the statue. It was erected in 1901 and paid for by the Freemasons, of which Pike was a high-ranking member for much of his life.

A spokesperson for NPS said that, as of Tuesday night, they had no received the letter but would review it when they did.