Cornell Univ yanks Abraham Lincoln bust, Gettysburg Address plaque from library after ‘someone complained’

The Cornell University library immediately genuflected when one person complained about an Abraham Lincoln bust and a bronze plaque of his Gettysburg Address, removing them in a bow to political correctness and bullying.

Biology professor Randy Wayne told the College Fix about the head-shaking development. He noticed the absence of the artifacts several weeks ago when he stopped by Kroch Libray which contains Cornell’s rare and manuscript collections.

He proceeded to ask librarians about the missing pieces and was told they were removed after someone complained.

“Someone complained, and [they were] gone,” he said during the interview.

The professor stated that the objects were replaced with “well, nothing.” The bust and plaque had been “been there since I can remember,” he added.

The College Fix is reporting that the bust and plaque have been on display there since at least 2013.

Wayne emailed Cornell University President Martha Pollack on Thursday, asking why they were removed. Pollack has reportedly not responded. In fact, they don’t seem to be responding to anyone asking about the person complaining about the exhibit.

“Dear President Pollack, I am wondering if you are aware that the bust of Abraham Lincoln purchased by Ezra Cornell and the bronze plaque of the Gettysburg Address that was beside it has been removed from the RMC in Kroch Library and replaced with nothing. If you are aware, can you tell me why? Thanks,” the professor wrote.

“The Gettysburg Address is an incredible speech,” Wayne remarked. “We have a handwritten copy in Lincoln’s hand. It is known as the Bancroft Copy. It comes with an envelope signed by Lincoln (using his franking privilege), and a letter to [historian George] Bancroft, thanking him for requesting a copy of the address to put in a book to be sold for charity.”

“I show these documents to my class, as well as the heavy iron manacles worn by slaves. Yes, we have a Lincoln legacy that has been inspirational to me and my students. To take his words [and bust] out of the hallway says something about our love of liberty,” he contended.

The details of the complaint and who filed it aren’t known. But it follows the leftist calls for the removal of such objects across the nation. Statues have been vandalized and toppled in the name of political correctness. Now, it would seem that woke university libraries are self-censoring American leaders and history to allegedly placate the desires of the few… in this case, one person.

Cornell confirmed to CNYCentral that the display was removed but claims it was because it was part of a “temporary exhibit” that ended in 2021.

“President Lincoln’s bust was part of a temporary exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The bust was on display in the Rare and Manuscript Collections from 2013 to 2021,” Rebecca Valli, who is the director of media relations at Cornell University said in an email using an excuse that pretty much no one believes.

“Cornell proudly possesses one of five known copies of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s hand,” Valli noted in the email. “The original is safely sequestered, with a digital facsimile on permanent display. Additionally, five electronic Lincoln exhibitions are available for 24/7 viewing online.”

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