Art Censorship? In the latest potentially misguided efforts of public servants to remove, destroy or censor American Veterans Monuments and artwork, Winston-Salem, North Carolina – also ironically known as the “City of the Arts” – recently informed the United Daughters of the Confederacy to censor (remove) a Veterans monument by January 31 or face a lawsuit. (Read more here). According to wxii12, “Mayor Allen Joines reportedly announced at Tuesday’s Emancipation Proclamation ceremony that the United Daughters of the Confederacy could face legal action if the group doesn’t comply.” The American Veterans sculpture in question features an American Veteran (Confederate) in uniform and holding a rifle, and was commissioned by the UDC in 1905.
But interestingly, this subject of artistic censorship does have a Missouri connection. Walker K. Hancock was born in Missouri and helped complete the majestic Veterans Artwork carved at Stone Mountain, Georgia. He also helped rescue art and architectural landmarks at risk of being destroyed by National Socialists (Nazis) in WW2. What’s really absurd is that some in America are likewise advocating the destruction or removal of artwork commemorating our veterans in many of our communities throughout the States (like Stone Mountain, Forest Park St. Louis, Ward Parkway Kansas City or the above mentioned monuments in North Carolina).
To end in a positive note, we’re proud to share the below artwork created by a Missouri Sons of Confederate Veterans member. The artist’s desire in creating this piece was to show that artwork is still being created by those who seek to remember the sacrifices of our soldiers and their families. They matter, and our art matters! Thoughts? Let us know!