Trump’s statue plan puts Delaware’s Caesar Rodney in focus

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking to give a place of prominence to a famous Delawarean from history at a time when local officials are revisiting his legacy.

In a speech Thursday, Trump announced plans to include Revolutionary War-era figure Caesar Rodney in a newly proposed “National Garden of American Heroes.”

In his speech, Trump criticized Wilmington officials for removing a statue of Rodney over the summer.

In a statement to the News Journal, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said the city removed the statue to protect it, not to discredit it.

Rodney, who owned slaves, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence who dramatically broke a tie in the Delaware delegation’s support for independence.

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