Ohio city becomes sanctuary city for rejected statues

A proclamation declaring Newton Falls as a haven for statues rejected by other cities across the nation has prompted an effort from a city resident opposing the designation.

A city in Trumbull County is offering to accept statues of historical figures that have been removed from cities across the country after backlash for their controversial pasts.

A proclamation signed by the city manager of Newton Falls David Lynch has declared the city a “Statuary Sanctuary City” and that all statues of Geroge Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, Patrick Henry, Francis Scott Key, Theodore Roosevelt and Christopher Columbus will be accepted from other cities that have removed them.


A petition has circulated to claim Lynch’s proclamation null and void.

“We the people, Newton Falls residents and/or US citizens, firmly reject the illegal and ill-advised proclamation by a local unelected official to unilaterally declare our town a depository for statues of mass murderers, Confederate traitors, slave owners, and white supremacists. No celebration of systemic racism, genocide, or white supremacy has any place in America The Beautiful. We resolutely reject the proposed denigration of our fair town into a mecca for racists and their ilk, and declare this shameful proclamation null and void. We shall overcome,” the petition states.

Watch the council meeting below after the hullabaloo about water meters.

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