West Virginians are campaigning a petition to replace Confederate statues with statues of the Mothman

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West Virginians are campaigning a petition to replace Confederate statues with statues of the Mothman

Icons of the Confederacy have been a contentious issue, but everyone loves the Mothman

The Mothman is a beloved cryptid that West Virginia. His story begins in the town of Point Pleasant, where a bridge collapse in 1967 took 46 lives. According to legend, locals saw the a human sized figure with moth wings over the bridge before the collapse. Since then, this creepy cryptid has been seen as an omen of ill-fortune. It's the kind of spooky ghost story that sends shivers down the spines of several generations of school kids and makes for a beloved local legend. Point Pleasant held the first Mothman Festival in 2002, unveiled a 12-foot metallic Mothman statue in 2003 and opened the Mothman Museum and Research Center in 2005. And now, in 2020, they’re advocating for the cryptid to replace all nine Confederate statues in the state.

“These monuments aren’t ‘celebrating history’; they were specifically created to intimidate Black Americans,” says Brenna, who started the movement with a viral tweet. “Statues aren’t needed to ‘remember the past’ when so many are still experiencing the repercussions today. Therefore, all monuments honoring the racist and oppressive history of the Confederacy should be removed. And who better to replace them than the Mothman?”

“These monuments aren’t ‘celebrating history’; they were specifically created to intimidate Black Americans,” Brenna says. “Statues aren’t needed to ‘remember the past’ when so many are still experiencing the repercussions today. Therefore, all monuments honoring the racist and oppressive history of the Confederacy should be removed. And who better to replace them than the Mothman?”

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