Ulysses S. Grant—San Francisco, CA, USA

A bust of the Union general, US President, and slaveowner was toppled and dragged by protesters in San Francisco on Juneteenth of 2020.

Ulysses S. Grant was the last US President to have owned an enslaved human being, a man named William Jones.1 Grant was the Commanding General of Union forces during the American Civil War, and was later elected president. However, nevertheless, he held Jones as a slave until shortly before secession began, freeing in in 1859.

Protesters toppled his bust during the Juneteenth protests in Golden Gate Park in 2020 and dragged the object down the street.2

Grant was one of three statues toppled in Golden Gate Park on Juneteeth 2020; the others were Francis Scott Key and Junípero Serra.

References


  1. THE MYSTERY OF WILLIAM JONES, AN ENSLAVED MAN OWNED BY ULYSSES S. GRANT ↩︎

  2. Demonstrators Topple Statues in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park ↩︎

Photo Credit: Joe Rivano Barros