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Sat Jun 20, 2020, 06:15 PM

Monument to Redskins founder, who has a racist legacy, removed from outside RFK

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PHOTOS: Monument to Redskins founder, who has a racist legacy, removed from outside RFK
by Elliot Henney and Sam Ford (ABC7) Friday, June 19th 2020

WASHINGTON (ABC7) Crews removed the graffiti-laced statue of George Preston Marshall from the grounds of RFK Stadium on Friday, which coincided with the Juneteeth holiday.

Someone had thrown red paint memorial Thursday, and rather than try to clean it up, Events DC sent out a crew with construction equipment to remove the huge stonework from its pedestal.

Marshall was the original owner of the Washington Redskins and has a legacy stained with racism. He bought the team in the 1930s from Boston owners and changed the name from the Braves to the Redskins.

He was known as a segregationist and was adamantly opposed to integrating his team and allowing Black players to wear Redskins jerseys.


Memorials to the racist former owners of the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Twins are removed
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By Paul P. Murphy, CNN

Updated 8:12 PM ET, Fri June 19, 2020

(CNN) -- A monument to the former owner of the Washington Redskins and a statue of the former owner of the Minnesota Twins were removed Friday because of the men's racist pasts, the Washington sports authority and the Twins organization said.

The Minnesota Twins removed a statue honoring Calvin Griffith from outside the team's ballpark. In Washington, DC, the city's convention and sports authority, Events DC, removed a monument to Redskins franchise founder George Preston Marshall from outside Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The Redskins played at RFK Stadium before moving to FedEx Field in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Calvin Griffith, president of the Minnesota Twins, sits in the press box at Metropolitan Stadium in 1965.

"This symbol of a person who didn't believe all men and women were created equal and who actually worked against integration is counter to all that we as people, a city, and nation represent," Events DC Chairman Max Brown, President and CEO Greg O'Dell and their Board of Directors said in a statement. "Removing this statue is a small and an overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice."

CNN has reached out to the Washington Redskins and the NFL for comment on Marshall's monument being removed. The team and the league have been criticized for years by Native American groups and others for continuing to have "Redskins" in the name.


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packman Jun 21 #1

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Sun Jun 21, 2020, 11:11 AM

1. As a former D.C. area resident - Yes, he was a piece of shit

Everyone in and around D.C. knew it and as much as I loved my back then Skins (name will probably be changed along with others in the sports world) they only hurt themselves by reluctantly allowing blacks on the team. Doug Williams and that remarkable performance in Super Bowl XXII against the Broncos changed a lot of minds. Bobby Mitchell broke that color line when the Skins signed him in 1962 - the last NFL team to sign a black- but it was Williams who many people in the D.C. area acknowledge as shattering that color barrier.

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