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Controversy stirs at West Point following plaque that refers to KKK

A Ku Klux Klan plaque at the entrance to a science center at West Point is now creating controversy at the military academy.

Diane Caruso

Sep 1, 2022, 10:27 AM

Updated 657 days ago


West Point finds itself at the center of controversy for a plaque that has the name of the Ku Klux Klan on it.
The academy's 200-year-old history is under the microscope for what's on the bronze plaque, which has been on campus since 1965.
"That's not that long ago. And that was after the civil rights law was established," says NAACP regional director Wilbur Aldridge. "I certainly was not shocked that it was there. I am surprised that it took someone to bring it to their attention before they would even talk about removal."
The artwork came to light in a congressional naming commission's new report out earlier this week. 
The group was created to rename Confederate markers on U.S. military installations. According to its report, the commission found 11 Confederate commemorations at West Point.
West Point released a statement saying, "the U.S. military academy has received the naming commission’s part ii report. We are reviewing the recommendations and will collaborate with the department of the army to implement changes, once approved."
The academy added that it is "fully committed to creating a climate where everyone is treated with dignity and respect."
It also said that the creator, the late American sculptor Laura Gardin Graser, wanted to create art that depicted "historical incidents or persons" of that time.

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