EDWARDSVILLE —The Ninian Edwards statue had been separated from its pedestal and will soon be installed on a nearby concrete pad at City Plaza.
This action came after months of deliberation between city council members and public comment at committee and city council meetings.
“I want to thank those who participated in the discussion, both for and against the removal and/or relocation of the statute,” mayor Art Risavy said Monday. “I believe removing the statue from its pedestal and relocating the statue in the park is in the best interest of the city at this time.”
A bronze plaque or an educational lithograph will be installed near the statue to offer a more complete history of Edwards’ life, from his past as a political figure, Illinois State Senator and third Illinois Governor to his influence in settling Madison County. City officials will apply for a grant to be used to pay for the plaque later this year.
“While the city realizes the past cannot be erased, we can certainly learn from it and use history as a tool for improvements in the future. One of my goals during my term is to increase diversity within our volunteer committees and our workforce,” said Risavy.
Risavy also provided an update on the city’s human relations committee (HRC), which has a mission to improve race relations and generate positive dialogue about issues the city faces today and for the betterment of our community in the future.
Paul Pitts, SIUE’s retired assistant chancellor of affirmative action and diversity, is pleased with the direction of the new HRC.
“As a member of the former human relations commission, I appreciate the diversity and the inclusivity of the members encompassing the new committee,” Pitts said. “Equally important, given the social and racial climate that’s challenging…
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June 21, 2021 at 10:30AM