A man walks past a toppled statue of Confederate veteran Charles Linn in a Birmingham, Alabama, park, following a night of demonstrations. ", Whitmire, Kyle (June 1, 2020) "When a Confederate monument wouldn’t fall, rioters turned on Birmingham.". Crews erected the statue in Linn Park Tuesday morning, but the official unveiling will be Wednesday, May 29. The banker and industrialist stands looking straight ahead with his hand resting on a short column with relief panels illustrating episodes from his life and career. Alabama attorney general Steve Marshall filed an anticipated lawsuit against the city of Birmingham over the city's removal of a Confederate monument. A statue of Charles Linn, a founder of Birmingham who fought for the Confederacy, has been torn down in the center of the city amid rioting. Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Statue of Linn Park’s namesake to be unveiled Wednesday, https://www.bhamwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Charles_Linn_statue&oldid=167400, Bryant, Joseph D. (January 23, 2012) "Statue coming in 2013 for Charles H. Linn, namesake of Birmingham's Linn Park. Linn was a founder of Birmingham. In 2005 Linn was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame. A man walks past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham, Ala., on June 1, 2020, following a night of unrest. [Photo: Jay Reeves/AP/Shutterstock] A statue of Birmingham businessman Charles Linn lying in Linn Park after being pulled down during a protest Sunday, May 31, 2020. On Monday night, June 1, the city of Birmingham began to dismantle the Confederate monument in Linn Park. True to his word, Mayor Woodfin brought in a crane to dismantle the monument on the night of June 1. The Charles Linn statue was a portrait statue of Charles Linn commissioned from Branko Medenica and dedicated in the southeast quadrant of Linn Park on May 29, 2013.. 7 ways to support social justice in Birmingham right now, 15 Black-owned bakeries + dessert shops cooking up something sweet in Birmingham, which recently celebrated its 149th birthday, Birmingham citizens started a GoFundMe campaign, Search over 650 local restaurants, bars and businesses offering deals, curbside delivery and more, Support over 140 local nonprofit organizations, Main Campus Children's of Alabama Birmingham, AL. Birmingham's most prominent park, formerly named for Woodrow Wilson, was renamed "Linn Park" in the 1980s, and a statue of Linn was placed there and dedicated on World MS Day on May 29, 2013. This page was last modified on 1 June 2020, at 08:25. Charles Linn is considered one of Birmingham's founding fathers. The 8-foot-tall statue was commissioned by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of their "Legacy of Leadership" campaign chairman, Arthur Henley, a descendant of Linn. In addition, they set fire to a statue of Thomas Jefferson and spray-painted graffiti in the park before vandalizing other buildings in downtown. Jay Reeves/AP In 2013 a statue of Linn, sculpted by Branko Medenica, was installed at Linn Park by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In response, Mayor Randall Woodfin asked the protestors to give him 24 hours to find a legal means of removing the statue. "Birmingham's most prominent park, formerly named for Woodrow Wilson, was renamed "Linn Park" in the 1980s. On Sunday, May 31, a crowd in Linn Park protesting the murder of George Floyd attempted to topple the monument. Linn was one of the founders of Birmingham and a … During protests Sunday over George Floyd, who died on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody, people shattered windows, set fires and damaged monuments in a downtown park. When it comes to famous icons, Birmingham is recognized globally for the “big guy” – Vulcan – the largest cast iron statue in the world. Linn purchased some of his equipment from the Confederate Iron Works in Selma, Alabama. “It is our hope that removing this monument will be but one step towards a more equitable and just Birmingham, Alabama. Instead, the protestors toppled a statue of Charles Linn, a Birmingham founder who served as a blockade runner in the Confederacy. 1 Background 2 Career 3 Legacy 4 References 5 Other sources Carl Erik Engelbrekt Sjödahl was born in Pohja (Swedish: Pojo) in the Uusimaa region of Finland. The statue of Linn was built in 2013 by a local organization to honor the work of one of Linn's descendants. Author Pat Byington - July 17, 2017 July 6, 2019 Brother Bryan at Five Points South – photo by Pat Byington. The 8-foot-tall statue was commissioned by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of their "Legacy of Leadership" campaign chairman, Arthur Henley, a descendant of Linn. Jay Reeves / AP A group of protesters gathered in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday to honor the memory of George Floyd targeted a statue of Confederate leader Charles Linn, vandalizing the … Birmingham defies Alabama law to remove Confederate monument targeted during George Floyd protest. Then, in 1900, the Birmingham chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy began to raise funds to go towards a Confederate monument in the park. Sunday night a group of protesters damaged and tried to destroy and pull down the 115-year-old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument in Birmingham’s Linn Park. The 8-foot-tall statue was commissioned by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of their "Legacy of Leadership" campaign chairman, Arthur Henley, a descendant of Linn. Learn more. Linn died in Birmingham, Alabama. Jay Reeves / AP Instead, the protestors toppled a statue of Charles Linn, a Birmingham founder who served as a blockade runner in the Confederacy. A man walks past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham, Ala., on June 1, 2020, following a night of unrest. For several years, the base remained empty. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth. ADDS INFORMATION ON STATUE – An unidentified man walks past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, June 1, … (Courtesy of Landon Wexler) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It didn’t take long for the protesters in Linn Park Sunday night to take out their anger and frustration on the Confederate monuments and statues. All content on this site is Copyright Rushing Waters Media LLC/Bham Now 2016-2020. This edition features statues honoring people. The statue's appearance was based on an oil portrait hanging in the Linn-Henley Research Library, though the final sculpture includes the addition of a full beard. Some people were successful in pulling down a statue of Charles Linn, also in the park. Protesters pulled down a bronze statue of Charles Linn, the park’s namesake who was a captain in the Confederate Navy and later one of the founders of Birmingham, covering in with graffiti. An unidentified man walks Monday in Birmingham, Ala., past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy. Now that Birmingham removed the monument, the city is in violation of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act and faces a $25,000 fine. Kay Ivey signed into law the “Alabama Memorial Preservation Act”, an act which would “prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of certain commemorative statues, monuments, memorials, or plaques which are located on public property,” without permission from the state legislature. A 1971 portrait painting of Linn by W. W. S. Wilson hangs in the stairwell. Let’s do this Alabama!”. Although the monument had been damaged during Sunday night’s riots, Birmingham has been trying to take the statue down for years. The Charles Linn statue was a portrait statue of Charles Linn commissioned from Branko Medenica and dedicated in the southeast quadrant of Linn Park on May 29, 2013.. In 2015, Birmingham began seriously considering removing the monument after the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Scandinavian immigrant Charles Linn (1814-1882) was a sea captain who would be an important figure in Alabama's early economy. He was one of the founders of Birmingham, Alabama. The city enforced a curfew the following night. In Birmingham, Alabama, protesters used ropes and a truck to yank a statue of Charles Linn off his pedestal to the ground, face down. A statue of Charles Linn, a founder of Birmingham who fought for the Confederacy, has been torn down in the center of the city amid rioting. University of Alabama at Birmingham archeologist Sarah Parcak tweeted out instructions on how to topple an obelisk as George Floyd protestors toppled a statue of city founder Charles Linn. Using rocks, rope and a pickup truck, protesters gathered in Birmingham, Alabama worked to bring down a statue erected in honor of Confederate Navy captain Charles Linn. The Civil War ended in 1865, a full six years before Birmingham existed. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. An iron crucible and coal car represent his industrial activities. The … A Confederate obelisk … A Confederate obelisk … However, on May 24, 2016, Gov. The statue may have been targeted after the some of the media began to refer to it as a "Confederate Monument". Following the violent protests against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, Mayor William Bell decided to cover the base of the monument with a black box until Birmingham could find a legal way to remove it. He is entombed in Birmingham's Oak Hill Cemetery. The statue was pulled down during riots on the night of May 31, 2020, coinciding with national protests in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Linn statue was 8 feet tall and made of bronze, and was set on a five-foot base clad in granite. Charles Linn born Carl Erik Engelbrekt Sjödahl (June 13, 1814 - died 1882) was a sailor, wholesaler, banker and industrialist. However, the protestors continued to work at toppling the statue—although they tried to pull it down with a truck, it stayed put. The Charles Linn statue was a portrait statue of Charles Linn commissioned from Branko Medenica and dedicated in the southeast quadrant of Linn Park on May 29, 2013. Branko Medenica's Charles Linn statue stands in Linn Park in Birmingham, Alabama … BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Monday he will perform the duties assigned to him and pursue a new civil complaint against the City of Birmingham in response to attempts to remove the Confederate monument in Linn Park. Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. In addition, they set fire to a statue of Thomas Jefferson and spray-painted graffiti in the park before vandalizing other buildings in downtown. A 1971 portrait painting of Linn by W. W. S. Wilson hangs in the stairwell. A statue of confederate navy captain Charles Linn lies toppled on June 1st, 2020. The crew safely removed the main obelisk, with the remaining base of the monument to follow in the coming days. People used a rope to pull down a statue of Charles Linn, the park’s namesake who was a captain in the Confederate Navy and later one of the founders of Birmingham.