The park itself is named after Charles Linn, a Confederate captain, whose name has been plastered all over city buildings, Matthews said. Corley, Robert G. and Marvin Yeomans Whiting, editors (July 1979) Dedication. Charles Linn, had been the target of demonstrators during protests Sunday night against police brutality. He joined a sailing crew and became an accomplished seafarer, crossing the Atlantic Ocean 53 times and circumnavigating the globe thrice before immigrating to the United States. He sold his business at the start of the American Civil War and returned to the seas as a Captain in the Confederate States Navy, charged with running ships laden with Southern cotton to … As this is the National Day of Prayer, and normally the Troy-area Interfaith Group, of which I have been a leader, would be meeting tonight bringing together prayers from across our diverse religious landscape, I offer up the prayer I shared on Sunday. In Birmingham, Alabama, protesters used ropes and a truck to yank a statue of Charles Linn off his pedestal to the ground, face down. Cities extend curfews for another night in an attempt to avoid violent protests over George Floyd's death, suggested during a speech earlier that day that protesters meet him there, Alabama Supreme Court says the city of Birmingham broke the law when it covered a Confederate monument with plywood. A man walks past a toppled statue of Confederate veteran Charles Linn in a Birmingham, Alabama, park, following a night of demonstrations. On July 14, 1863, Linn and his son were captured as they sailed on their ship, Kate Dale. 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. He ran a successful store and farm in and around Montgomery after settling there in 1838, served as a captain in the Confederate Navy, and then re-settled in Birmingham, where he helped found the National Bank of Birmingham, which evolved … The memorial also has plaques about Linn and identifying major donors. Linn was the son of the manager of an ironworks owned by the ancient company of Billnäs Bruk. The park is home to memorials including the veterans monument and a statue of Confederate sailor Charles Linn, installed in 2013. The former has been the subject of a, The demonstration began as peaceful rally in downtown Birmingham, eventually moving to Linn Park after comedian Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson. This is not how we taught the world how to protest. He sold his business at the start of the American Civil War and returned to the seas as a Captain in the Confederate States Navy, charged with running ships laden with Southern cotton to … 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, 2020, following a … "And I believe I am willing to accept that, because that is a lower cost than civil unrest in our city.". [3], Articles incorporating text from Wikipedia, Finnish emigrants to the United States (1809–1917), https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Charles_Linn?oldid=4512451. Last week, demonstrators also gathered in Linn Park and toppled down a statue of the Confederate Navy captain Charles Linn in Birmingham, Alabama. The Linn-Henley Research Library is also named in honor of Linn and his descendants. Pardons for ex-Confederates were given by US Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and was usually extended for those who had served in the military above the rank of colonel or civilians who had exercised political power under the Confederate government.The power to pardon offences to the US government was given to the chief executive in the US Constitution … The Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Birmingham's Linn Park is at the center of controversy but have you ever stopped to take a close look at it? He is entombed in Birmingham's Oak Hill Cemetery. Chants of "no justice, no peace" continued after Woodfin's pleas. Protesters in the park toppled the statue of Linn and spray-painted and chiseled the base of the obelisk monument. Alabama attorney general Steve Marshall filed an anticipated lawsuit against the city of Birmingham over the city's removal of a Confederate monument. Linn's hand rests on a pillar, representing the establishment of the National Bank of Birmingham (Regions Financial Corporation). "In order to prevent more civil unrest in our city, I think it is very imperative that we remove this statue that's in Linn Park," he said. After protesters eventually dispersed from the park, riots erupted downtown and resulted in property damage and fires to businesses, The chaos prompted Woodfin to declare a state of emergency on Monday and a institute a nightly curfew until further notice, becoming one of, "Birmingham, this is not us," Woodfin said at a news conference on Monday. Carl Erik Engelbert Sjödahl was born in Pohja (Swedish: Pojo) in the Uusimaa region of Finland. Charles Linn born Carl Erik Engelbert Sjödahl (June 13, 1814 - August 7, 1882) was a sailor, wholesaler, banker and industrialist. [volume] (Lansing, Mich.) 1855-1874, April 10, 1861, Image 2, brought to you by Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library, and the National Digital Newspaper Program. Linn's oldest son, Charles, returned with him to Mobile, where they purchased a 193-foot long steam-driven sidewheel riverboat, the Kate Dale, and contracted with the Confederate Quartermaster Bureau as "blockade runners", transporting cotton and cattle hides to trade in Cuba for gold and badly-needed supplies. He was attending the Royal Academy of Turku when the city burned in the Great Fire of Turku. Woodfin said he recognized that the state attorney general's office could bring a civil suit against the city for taking down the monument, but that the costs would be worth it. About Those Confederate Statues. Scandinavian immigrant Charles Linn (1814-1882) was a sea captain who would be an important figure in Alabama's early economy. (CNN)The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, is vowing to remove a 115-year-old Confederate monument from a public park after protesters attempted to tear it down. 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, … Demonstrators at Linn Park took aim at the Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument, dedicated in 1905, on Sunday during a protest over systemic racism and police brutality in the aftermath of, As some attempted to tear down the 52-foot-tall obelisk, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, "Allow me to finish the job for you," Woodfin said in video captured by, The park is home to memorials including the veterans monument and a statue of Confederate sailor Charles Linn, installed in 2013. A statue of confederate navy captain Charles Linn lies toppled on June 1st, 2020. He was a captain in the Confederate Navy and an important figure in Alabama's early economy. The statue is based on a painting displayed in the Linn-Henley Research Library (but shows Linn bearded, whereas the painting does not) and weighs approximately 800 pounds. Linn prospered in Montgomery and added a farming spread to his holdings. 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 statues have long been lightning rods for controversy over the Confederacy and America’s dark history of slavery. His family were Swedish-speaking Finns. The building became known as "Linn's Folly", and it was there that Linn hosted the legendary New Year's Eve "Calico Ball" that signaled the city's emergence from a cholera epidemic. The park is home to memorials including the veterans monument and a statue of Confederate sailor Charles Linn, installed in 2013. Protesters pull down statue in Linn Park (Source: WBRC) The protesters defaced the Confederate monument, chipped away part of the concrete and pulled the wooden barrier off the base. Some protesters pressed Woodfin by calling on him to remove the memorial the same night. He was one of the founders of Birmingham, Alabama. After their rope broke, the protesters agreed to stand down after the Mayor promised he would, “finish the job,” a promise he kept. The statue fell after unrest in … Woodfin also addressed plans to remove the Confederate monument, although he did not specify when exactly it would come down. Protesters in Richmond, VA, tore down a statue of Gen. … 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. 770 more to go. Linn resumed the mercantile business with a wholesale grocery warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana, importing dozens of his countrymen from Finland to work in his company. His ship, the CSS Kate Dale was captured on July 14, 1863 by the USS R. R. Cuyler off the Florida Keys. In Birmingham, AL, protesters took down a Confederate statue of Charles Linn and attempted to topple another statue in a Birmingham park. Video shared by Birmingham news station WBRC shows the moment protesters in the city pulled down a statue of Charles Linn, who fought for the Confederate Navy. Linn was one of the founders of Birmingham and a supporter of the Confederacy. "This is not who we are. The Lansing state Republican. (Brockway Centre, Mich.) 1882-1894, October 26, 1882, Image 2, brought to you by Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library, and the … In 2017, Alabama enacted a law directed at local governments that bars the removal, renaming, removal and alteration of monuments, memorial streets, memorial buildings and architecturally significant buildings located on public property for 40 or more years. During the Civil War, Linn sold his farm and joined the Confederate State Navy as a captain, where one of his primary duties was shipping cotton. In 2005 Linn was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame. A statue of Charles Linn, a onetime Confederate officer and a founder of Birmingham, sits toppled Monday. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument in downtown Birmingham’s Linn Park, named for Confederate naval Capt. He agreed and launched the National Bank of Birmingham (now Regions Financial) in 1872 with $50,000 in gold. Linn prospered in Montgomery and added a farming spread to his holdings. FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo, an unidentified man walks past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham, Ala., following a night of unrest. Alabama's Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the city's actions violated state law and hit the city with a $25,000 fine. Skip … Weekly expositor. He sold his business at the start of the American Civil War and returned to the seas as a Captain in the Confederate States Navy, charged with running ships laden with Southern cotton to Liverpool to raise war funds. Protesters have brought two Confederate monuments to the ground. [Photo: Jay Reeves/AP/Shutterstock] ", "Violence, looting and chaos is not the road to reform and anybody that's doing the looting, anybody that's breaking things just because, anybody that's setting fires just because, I want to make this very clear to you. Linn died in Birmingham, Alabama. Linn prospered in Montgomery and added a farming spread to his holdings. Some people were successful in pulling down a statue of Charles Linn, also in the park. [2], Birmingham's most prominent park, formerly named for Woodrow Wilson, was renamed "Linn Park" in the 1980s. Linn and his son were captured, and taken to Washington D. C. where they were quickly pardoned. [1], Linn extended his investments from banking to industry, organizing two of the city's first such ventures, the Linn Iron Works and the Birmingham Car and Foundry Company with skilled workers brought in from Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio. People have damaged the confederate monument in Birmingham.It's unclear who is taking part, but people were using tools and rocks to chip away at the concrete monument in Linn Park.We understand another statue, possibly of Charles Linn, was taken down during the evening as well.We've heard of no injuries, and there's no word of any arrests being made at … The protesters pulled down the top part of the statue of Charles Linn by tying a rope and using manpower and a truck to pull it down. The city of Birmingham had previously tried to cover up the inscription on the base of the Confederate monument by building a black wooden box it, resulting in a lawsuit brought by the state attorney general. You're not doing that in the name of reform or George Floyd. "If there's a judgment rendered from the judge, then we should be held accountable," Woodfin said. He settled in Montgomery, Alabama in 1838 and opened a mercantile store. Charles Linn born Carl Erik Engelbert Sjödahl (June 13, 1814 – August 7, 1882) was a sailor, wholesaler, banker and industrialist. You're on a different agenda that the City of Birmingham will not tolerate.". Pojo was then subject to the crown of Sweden. Later that year, Linn erected the monumental 3-story National Bank of Birmingham building on the corner of 1st Avenue North and 20th Street at a time when the city's future was doubtful. People shattered windows, set fires and damaged monuments in a downtown park after a protest against the death of George Floyd. And the … A man walks past a toppled statue of Confederate veteran Charles Linn in a Birmingham, Alabama, park, following a night of demonstrations. Linn purchased some of his equipment from the Confederate Iron Works in Selma, Alabama. DANIEL JACKSON An unidentified man walks Monday in Birmingham, Ala., past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy. 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