San Francisco struggles with Lincoln’s legacy
02 Jan 2021 Faith E. Pinho, Tribune News Service
The statue sat like a red stain on the lawn in front of San Francisco City Hall. Abraham Lincoln’s chiselled face was covered in paint, his etched name highlighted in the bloody colour at the base of the monument.
As San Francisco, like many parts of the country, grapples with how best to memorialise historic figures, the statue of the 16th president sat red-faced — literally — in front of the government building the day after Christmas.
City workers cleaned the sculpted artwork on Monday, said San Francisco County sheriff’s director of communications Nancy Hayden Crowley.