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St. Charles seeking controversial Lewis and Clark sculpture

ST. CHARLES (AP) — The city of St. Charles plans to submit a proposal to relocate a controversial sculpture of explorers Lewis and Clark and their Native American guide Sacagawea from Charlottesville, Va.

St. Charles Mayor Dan Borgmeyer said Lewis and Clark are an important part of the city’s history. The explorers camped at St. Charles in 1804 before heading up the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean.

Charlottesville removed the sculpture, titled “Their First View of the Pacific,” in July, along with statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Critics said the Lewis and Clark statue shows Sacagawea crouched in a “subservient” position to the men.

Borgmeyer said he believed the statue showed Sacagawea tracking for the explorers. He has helped start a GoFundMe campaign to raise $50,000 to move the statue, rather than use tax dollars. As of Monday, the campaign had raised $1,750.

If St. Charles gets the statue, it would be placed in the city’s convention center, at the entrance of the city’s historical society or at a park, Borgmeyer said.

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