Whittaker Chambers farming (1949)
Whittaker Chambers farming (1949)

Some family members have published the following statement with regard to a possible monument or statue or other public remembrance of Whittaker Chambers:

Family says no thanks to Whittaker Chambers monument

Maryland State Senators Justin Ready (R-District 5) and Michael Hough (R-District 4) recently announced their intent to submit the name of Whittaker Chambers (our grandfather) for a proposed National Garden of American Heroes in South Dakota.

Thank you, Senators, for your high esteem for Whittaker Chambers, but we request that you withdraw his name.

Whittaker Chambers sought a simple life of farming the Pipe Creek Farm. He was a Quaker. His beliefs ran toward austerity and self-effacement. Quaker meeting houses stand unadorned, without monuments or statues. He would not have liked such fanfare.

The best way to remember our grandfather is to read his books. They are his memoir Witness (1952) and his later writings in Cold Friday (1964). Rather than a monument, he left testimony to read.

As President Ronald Reagan said, when posthumously presenting the Medal of Freedom to him in 1984, “The witness is gone; the testimony will stand.”

Joseph Chambers and David Chambers

This Opinion piece in 27 September 2020 issue of the Carroll County Times.

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