Cornell University has removed a statue of Abraham Lincoln along with a plaque of his famous Gettysburg Address from the Ivy League school’s library.
The bust and bronzed plaque were a part of the Koch Library’s Division of Rare Manuscripts where the university boasts to possess one of five existing copies of Lincoln’s historic 1863 address, according to Fox News.
“Someone complained, and it was gone,” Randy Wayne, a Cornell biology professor told College Fix.
Wayne continued to explain that when he noticed that the statue and plaque, which have been displayed there since 2013, were missing, he asked the library staff where they had gone. A staff member told him that the display was removed after someone complained.
“It’s been there since I can remember,” Wayne remarked.
Fox News reached out to the university to gain more information about the situation.
“President Lincoln’s bust was part of a temporary exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The bust was on display in the Rare and Manuscript Collections from 2013 to 2021,” Cornell media relations director Rebecca Vallie told Fox.
“Cornell proudly possesses one of five known copies of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s hand. The original is safely sequestered, with a digital facsimile on permanent display. Additionally, five electronic Lincoln exhibitions are available for 24/7 viewing online,” she added.
However, Vallie declined to respond when asked about the alleged complaint that may have contributed to the removal of the exhibit.
Expressing his dissatisfaction with the school’s decision, Wayne discussed how much the display meant to him and his students.
“When I take my students to RMC each semester, I have one of them read the original in Lincoln’s hand. I am in tears each time I hear a student read those words,” Wayne told Fox.
The removal of the statue comes after many on the left have increasingly called for the elimination of memorials in the public square that pay respect to some of America’s most prominent historic figures.