The city of Charlottesville, Virginia followed the removal of two controversial Confederate statues on Saturday with the lightning-fast collapse of a third local landmark: a monumental tribute to explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea.
In one With an emergency meeting called 20 minutes in advance, Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to reject another public work of art that was attacked by leftist activists.
« I think it should just be melted down, » said Rose Ann Abrahamson, one Descendant of Sacagawea, during the council meeting, reported The Daily Progress. « I think it’s utterly offensive and should be wiped out. »
Within minutes, a city work team was working – the same group, the equestrian statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas « Stonewall » Jackson on Saturday – arrived with ropes, a crane and crowbar to tear the artwork from its pedestal where it had stood on West Main Street in Charlottesville since 1919.
To get straight to the point, don’t even take the aerial platform off the truck, « wrote Conger.
Lewis, the famous American adventurer sent in 1804 by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the country west of the Mississippi, was a local boy born in Charlottesville’s Albemarle County.
The bronze statue, cast in honor of the Lewis and Clark expedition, includes the two men and Sacagawea, their Shoshone guide and interpreter.
In recent years has been criticized its design for its portrayal of Sacagawea, which appears in a crouching position behind the standing white men – which activists found derogatory.
But some historians claim that their stance turned them into Ak tion as a tracker and should not put her in a submissive attitude.
The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center in Charlottesville has offered to take over the statue – but the city council has not yet decided to accept its plan.
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