San Francisco board votes to remove ‘Early Days’ statue showing fallen American Indian

A controversial sculpture in San Francisco’s Civic Center depicting a vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen and nearly naked American Indian could be coming down as early as next week following a unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Appeals Wednesday night. The vote reverses the board’s earlier decision and bookends a decades-long fight to remove what some critics have called a racist emblem of California’s past. “This has been a tough 30-plus years. But this is wonderful,” said Dee Dee Ybarra, an Ohlone tribal leader who urged the commissioners to remove the statue. San Francisco’s Arts Commission and Historic Preservation Commission had both signed off on a proposal to remove the “Early Days” statue and put it into storage.

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