Preservation Issues

Monuments

U.S. and New York history is long and complicated. The challenge to all of us is to attempt to understand it in its entirety and understand its lessons. Our communal relationship to monuments erected in the past evolves over time and any physical changes to these monuments should be undertaken only after thoughtful deliberations. If the result of public discussion is that a monument can no longer stand as it is, it should not be destroyed but placed in a fuller context, whether in a new location or with new interpretation. We can’t erase history but we can learn from it, add to it, and attempt to tell a more complete story.