A Ku Klux Klan sign is affixed to the entrance. of United States military academy science center at West Point, as a congressional committee found.
In a report released this month, the Naming Board, which reviews the Department of Protection assets in attempt to identify and remove Confederate commemorative dates, including photograph of bronze plaque. The words “KU KLUS KLAN” are below the image. of a person in hood holding a rifle.
The plate is part of triptych at the entrance to Bartlett Hall, West Point science center, according to the commission.
panel stated that he had no right to recommend removal of a plaque because it’s not a memorial specifically to the Confederates.
“However, there are clearly connections in Confederate KKK,” the report says. “The Commission calls on the Secretary of Protection for the DoD solution assets which emphasize KKK in Protection memorialization processes and creation standard location requirement for such assets.”
The US Military Academy said in a statement that the triptych was dedicated to the graduates of West Point on June 3, 1965. who served in World War II and Korea.
The statement noted that the triptych also depicts Tree of symbolize life”how our nation has prospered despite its tragedies.”
“West Point does not accept, condone, or promote racism, sexism, or any other prejudice,” it said in a statement. “The academy continues to produce the most varied classes ever with respect for nationality, gender, experience, and background”.
The Congressional Commission was created as part of of National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 financial year.
August report of eight people panel concentrated on West Point and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
In addition to the KKK plaque, West Point has several monuments and buildings dedicated to the Confederacy. soldiers which the commission recommended removed or rename. Five areas of West Point, including the child care center, are named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
“There is no doubt that Robert E. Lee fought for Confederation: he was its most effective and legendary leader, and by the end of Civil War, Lee rose to the rank of General in Main of armies of Confederate States,” the statement said.
“Effects of his decisions were widespread and destructive,” it said. – Lee’s armies were responsible for of death of more United States soldiers than almost any other enemy in our nation history.”
Expenses of renaming parts of West Point and the Naval Academy range between $1,000 and $300,000, the report said.
The Department of Defense must, by 2024, “remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States.” of America” under the National Defense Appropriations Act. for 2021 financial year.
The Names Commission will file its third and final report by October.
Tim Stello contributed.