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The funeral procession of Philip Kearney at Arlington National Cemetary in 1912. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Pennacchio raising alarms over Philip Kearny statue replacement

‘We don’t discard our heroes,’ senator says

By Nikita Biryukov, February 12 2020 2:08 pm

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio is raising alarms about a bill that would replace a statue of a civil war general in the nation’s capitol with one of suffragette leader Alice Paul.

“Alice Paul was a fantastic leader in the campaign to pass the 19th amendment and allow women to vote,” Pennacchio said. “Our nation and our democracy is stronger, thanks to her vision and tenacity. She deserves every accolade we can give her. It troubles me that to memorialize her place in history, we feel the need to tear down the honor of another hero, a veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Bill advanced by the State Senate Monday would clear the legislature to commission a statue of Paul and ask the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress to display it in place of a statue depicting Philip Kearny, a decorated Civil War brigadier general for whom a town in Hudson County is named.

Pennacchio said the town’s residents aren’t pleased about the proposed change.

“They aren’t happy about it, and I don’t blame them,” he said. “We don’t discard our heroes.”

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