1.”Nude Statue Turned to Face Lawyers.” The Washington Post (1923-1954), Nov 14, 1923, pp. 11, ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post, http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/149287356?accountid=8285.
In this small editorial by the Washington Post, the author explains how the famous Joseph Darlington statue in Judiciary Square has had its location changed. Published in the early 1920s, the news source explains how the statue has been controversial, as it is a nude statue with a woman and a fawn. For some reason, the statue has been rotated and is now facing a building full of lawyers in Judiciary Square.
Despite being the article being incredibly short, I chose this source because it connects this statue to the community surrounding Judiciary Square and Washington, D.C. It made me question why the statue was rotated to face a building full of lawyers, who rotated it and why. It inspired much more of my research, specifically on the statues in my commonplace.
2.Milloy, Courtland. “Fitting Symbol for Spirit of Hate Behind Death Penalty.” The Washington Post (1974-Current File); Washington, D.C. October 28, 1992, sec. Metro. http://search.proquest.com/hnpwashingtonpost/docview/140786302/abstract/A187DD1C1AF7457FPQ/1.
In Courtland Malloy’s piece, the author explains the controversy of the Albert Pike statue in Judiciary Square surrounding the death penalty. The statue of Albert Pike, in Malloy’s view, lionizes the terrorist exploits of the Klu Klux Klan. The monument is established in Judiciary Square, a part of D.C. that is supposed to represented justice. This enrages many citizens, especially because of the death penalty initiative that has been proposed for the District of Columbia. The provision does not allow residents of Washington to determine who should be prosecuted under death penalty law. This racism is reflected in the fact that this statue remains in Judiciary Square, according to Malloy.
This source is incredibly important, as it connects this statue to Washington, D.C. and the area surrounding it through its controversy. Washington, D.C. is a predominantly black city, and this source explains how the statue of Albert Pike glorifies racism. This narrative felt particularly important to my commonplace.