College President: Lincoln statues have home on Central Illinois campus

Monuments to Honest Abe could no longer have a home in Chicago, but the president of Lincoln College says they’re always welcome in central Illinois. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has assembled a committee to review dozens of “controversial” monuments, including several statues of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln College President David Gerlach said if Chicago doesn’t want the statues, he’ll come collect them himself and bring them back to his campus.

Gerlach acknowledges Lincoln’s complicated history with African Americans and Native Americans. Still, he said, the bad doesn’t outweigh the good.

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