Abraham Lincoln Bust, Gettysburg Address Plaque Removed From Cornell University Library Because Someone Complained
A bust of Abraham Lincoln as well as a Gettysburg Address plaque was removed from Cornell University’s library because someone complained.
“Someone complained, and it was gone,” Randy Wayne, a Cornell biology professor told the College Fix.
The university claimed Abraham Lincoln’s bust was supposed to be a “temporary exhibit” in a statement to Fox News.
“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, director of media relations at Cornell University, told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
The College Fix reported:
“Someone complained, and it was gone.”
That’s all Cornell University biology Professor Randy Wayne said he has been able to determine so far about the whereabouts of a longtime display in the Ivy League school’s Kroch Library of a bust of President Abraham Lincoln in front of a bronzed Gettysburg Address plaque.
Wayne, a frequent visitor to the library, which houses Cornell’s rare and manuscript collections, said when he stopped in several weeks ago he noticed the display had been disappeared.
“It’s been there since I can remember,” he told The College Fix in an interview.
He asked the librarians about it, and they had no details to provide, except to say it was removed after some sort of complaint, he said. It’s been replaced with, “well, nothing,” Wayne said. The walls are white, according to photos Wayne took for The Fix.
The bust and plaque had been on display in the library since at least 2013.