A public university in Illinois bears a plaque stating that Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat.
According to TheCollegeFix.com, the plaque, which was installed on a historic building on Northeastern Illinois University’s Chicago campus in 1905, reads: “This building is dedicated to the public service honoring the memory of Abraham Lincoln Democrat.”
“According to building archives, the word democrat was used because Lincoln was an advocate for democracy—the political or social equality of all people,” campus officials stated in a press release. “The word was not chosen to reflect a political affiliation. … Northeastern Illinois University recognizes the context that this plaque was created and intends to uphold its integrity.”
One nonprofit advocacy group vows to fight to reword the plaque. Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of the Illinois-based Turning Point USA, a nationwide young conservatives student movement, said Monday in an interview with The College Fix that “now is the time for removal and replacement.”