A private non-profit Board of Trustees who is in charge of the monuments on the National Mall are working to get in front of a public relations nightmare before it implodes. Their first order of business? Updating the Jefferson Memorial to accurately reflect Thomas Jefferson’s personal record of being a slave owner, the Washington Examiner reported.
Protesters have yet to take to the National Mall to demand the changes but the Board of Trustees decided to take the first step before their hands are tied.
The Board is currently raising money to refurbish the exhibit that has become worn down over the last 20 years since its installation. Because the Board provides private funds, they have a direct say in how the monument is refurbished, including the addition of Jefferson’s record as a slave owner.
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