History is extremely important, as it is a great teacher about human nature, which remains the same through all ages. There is also the old saying that "those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it" in other words, we especially need to learn from the regrettable aspects of history, the way we (hopefully) learn from our mistakes. This is why, in my opinion, I don't think it is good to remove the memory of all historical figures who prove to be imperfect, non heroic human beings. We need to preserve history, without whitewashing it, and as much as possible tell all sides of the story.
Then, there is the fact that if we lose all connection to our past, we lose our roots and end up having no culture.
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Visit the website www.historyrelevance.com. It includes a value of history statement endorsed by numerous history museums and other organizations, including the AAM and the AASLH. Hope it helps!
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