The missing monument is a stone chair that was stolen from the Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama lo scorso mese. It was initially dedicated in 1893, four years after Davis’ death. In life, the former Confederate president had visited Selma at least twice, nel 1863 e 1871.
The purported thieves sent out a late 1800s-style poster to local media demanding the UDC hang its banner on Friday, the anniversary of the Confederacy’s surrender.
“It is safe and stored in a secure location,” the note reads. “We have every intention of returning it unharmed, hell, we’ll even clean it up for you.” The activists also included a photoshopped image of the chair with a hole broken into the middle.
The banner, che legge “The rulers of this country have always considered their property more important than our lives,” has already been sent to the UDC, secondo AL.com, which received one of the initial emails.
Shakur, a member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of murder in the death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster in the 1970s. She escaped from prison and has been living in asylum in Cuba for decades.