ST. LOUIS (AP) — A statue of a Native American that served as a landmark at an intersection in the Cherokee Street business district was removed Friday after officials decided it did not “appropriately honor” indigenous peoples.
The statue will be donated to the National Building Arts Center, a repository for area architectural artifacts. Its sculptor, Bill Christman, endorsed the statue’s removal.
The Cherokee Street Community Improvement District said in a social media post that the sculpture was removed early Friday, after a vote Thursday night at a meeting of the district.
The fiberglass statue, which stands 21 feet high, was commissioned in 1985 by the Cherokee Station Business Association to serve as a landmark for the street and its resurgent commercial district.
“However, the statue does not appropriately honor the indigenous communities that have called this land home,” the business district’s statement said.