In the wake of his death, more than 4,000 people signed an online petition calling on the Anderson Confederate Memorial in Anderson, South Carolina — where Boseman is from — to be replaced.
“I believe the community should come together to honor someone from Anderson, South Carolina that was able to change the movie industry. He opened many doors for many young black people with his leading roles in movies such as Black Panther or Marshall. It is only natural that his hometown honors what he did. There is no need for political controversy in this decision.”
The petition, addressed to Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts, Gov. Henry McMaster, and local representatives, implores the lawmakers to place the Confederate statue in a museum instead.
Representatives for the mayor and the governor did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.