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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #60 on: April 22, 2021, 10:12:14 pm »
Another win:

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/04/15/billy-frank-jr-in-marcus-whitman-out-as-part-of-us-capitol-statue-swap/

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Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa helped lead one of the first wagon trains into the Oregon Country in 1836. The establishment of the Whitman Mission in the Walla Walla Valley followed by his family's death about a decade later during an attack by a Cayuse band ushered in waves of additional settlers and then soldiers, all of which upended the lifeways of the indigenous people.
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The existing Whitman statue in Walla Walla has been repeatedly vandalized with graffiti and red paint and is the target of an ongoing campaign to be removed. An online petition asserts that the monument celebrates "a history of racialized oppression" and is unworthy of civic honor.