US President Donald Trump, on the background of the demolition of monuments to the confederates in the country, said that he would issue a decree on the creation of a Park with sculptures of national heroes.
“I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I will sign an Executive order to create the national garden of American heroes – a large open-air Park that will have statues of the greatest Americans who have ever lived,” Trump said, speaking at the memorial on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
The President did not specify where and when such a Park will be created.
The demolition of monuments to confederates (“southerners”), who during the American Civil war advocated for the preservation of slavery, as well as some other politicians of the past, began amid racial protests after the death of an African-American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May this year.
The President’s visit to South Dakota is timed to coincide with US Independence Day, which is celebrated on July 4. American TV channels broadcast the speech.
As follows from the decree of Trump, a special working group will be created for the implementation of the project “national garden of American heroes” at the expense of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which in the United States is not engaged in law enforcement, but is in charge of Federal lands and natural resources. Within 60 days, the group will have to report to the President on their proposals for creating the Park, including the location, which should be chosen “in a beautiful place in nature, so that visitors can enjoy it.”
The decree lists historical figures who will have to install monuments in the Park, 31 people Trump named in the document. “The national garden should consist of statues, including those of John Adams, Susan Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolly Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George Patton, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker Washington, George Washington, Orville, and Wilbur Wright,” – stated in the decree.
It is particularly noted that all statues should be realistic and not “abstract or modernist images.”
The Park should be open until July 4, 2026, when the US will celebrate the 250th anniversary of independence. Monument protection is assigned to the US Attorney General and his ancillary services based on Trump’s decree on the protection of monuments, which he recently signed.