Historian says Macdonald statue must go – Belleville Intelligencer

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Historian says Macdonald statue must go – Belleville Intelligencer

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 202022 Views

September 28, 2020

A national historian says the Holding Court statue of Sir John A. Macdonald should not have a place in downtown Picton.

Dr. Sean Carleton, an assistant professor in the history department at the University of Manitoba, appeared before the Macdonald working group via Zoom Friday afternoon and told members allowing the statue to remain in its prominent position was tantamount to celebrating the transgressions of the country’s first prime minister.

Holding Court was a gift to the municipality from the Macdonald Project. The life-sized statue was done by renowned Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy and is a depiction of Macdonald’s first case in the Picton Courthouse in October 1834. It was presented to the municipality during a grand Canada Day celebration in Picton in 2015 to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the country’s first prime minister.

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