Rioters Vandalize Statue of Polish-US Hero Tadeusz Kościuszko as Violent Protests Erupt Across America. What in the name of God does desecration and willfully ignorant savagery directed toward this statute of Kościuszko have to do with the achievement of racial justice and equity in America?
1:08 am on June 29, 2020 Email Charles Burris
The monument of Tadeusz Kościuszko was erected in Washington in 1910. Kościuszko, who is described as a hero of two nations, took part in the American Revolutionary War in 1776-77 .
On his return to Poland, he lead a rebellion against Tsarist Russia, which failed and lead to the Third Partition of Poland.
Kościuszko also fought for the rights of national and racial minorities. In his will, he donated a portion of his estate to free black slaves belonging to Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States. However, Jefferson did not fulfil Kościuszko’s testament.
Kościuszko also bequeathed sums for the education of freed Afro-American slaves to enable them to function normally in society. According to many historians, he was ahead of his time with this will.