Fans Petition for Chadwick Boseman Statue to Replace Confederate Statue in His South Carolina Hometown. Actor Chadwick Boseman who stared in Marvel’s Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame movies passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020, according to his representative. He was only 43 years old. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. Boseman had not shared his diagnosis publicly, leaving many fans completely shocked by his apparent sudden death.
Chadwick Boseman portrayed many historical figures including Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and James Brown in Get On Up. He is best known by Marvel fans as T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). After Chadwick’s passing, many fans have shared their sympathies and favorite memories of the late actor. Some have gone on to create petitions urging the lawmakers of Boseman’s hometown, Anderson, South Carolina, to replace a confederate soldier statue. Currently, the standing laws in the state prevent the city from removing or replacing confederate statues legally. At the time of writing, the petition had garnished 34,400+ signatures out of the requested 35,000.
“We must move past the tragedies of our past in this nation and celebrate new heroes,” the petition reads. “Mr. Boseman is a hero to this nation but more importantly a hero to the town of Anderson. His legacy was one of excellence and equality. As fellow citizens go about their day they should have a face that sees all people as equal.”
The petition reads, “Upon the release of his film Black Panther, Mr. Boseman took it upon himself to rent out a theatre in his home town of Anderson South Carolina to show the film for free so that young boys and girls could be inspired by the film without the financial barrier. Mr. Boseman is without question an American treasure and his accolades go on and on. It is only fitting that his work is honored in the same place that birthed him.”
You can view the petition on Change.org by CLICKING HERE
Unrelated to the petition, the creators of Fortnite unveiled a Black Panther Statue earlier than planned to honor Chadwick after his sudden passing. The statue had been a planned portion of the Marvel crossover, but was added early as a gift to Black Panther fans in wake of Boseman’s death.
“As with the rest of the world, we were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman,” the spokesperson said. “The Black Panther monument arrived this morning as part of a previously-planned narrative for the new Chapter 2 – Season 4 season.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Chadwick Boseman’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time. Wakanda Forever.
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