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Civil War statue at Colorado Capitol to be replaced by sculpture of Native American woman – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2020-11-22 16:24:25 –

Denver — A statue of the Civil War defeated by protesters outside the Colorado General Assembly in the summer is replaced with a sculpture of a Native American woman mourning the atrocities of the Sand Creek massacre.

Colorado Public Radio reported that the Capitol Construction Advisory Board voted in favor of the new sculpture on Friday after hearing from a tribal representative who suffered from Sand Creek 156 years ago.

“They were wiped out,” Northern Cheyenne’s Otto Blade Hair and the descendants of Sand Creek’s survivors told the Commission. “I can’t hear their voice anymore. Their wishes and concerns were no longer heard. They are the people we are talking to.”

The state legislature needs to decide on the size of the monument and its pedestal, and how to reach Colorado from Oklahoma, where a 7-inch high prototype has already been approved.

A memorial related to the Civil War is of George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knees against Floyd’s neck while lying on the ground handcuffed. It is the target of post-mortem removal. His death prompted protests throughout the United States and around the world against police atrocities and racial injustice.

According to the state’s website, the statue on the State Capitol was originally intended to honor Colorado soldiers who died in the Civil War for the Union Army. First member of the Colorado Cavalry Cpt. Jack Howland designed the statue and the state and pioneer association paid for it.

However, members of the first Colorado cavalry also participated in the Sand Creek massacre in 1864.

The 2017 petition to remove the Civil War statue falsely claimed to depict Colonel John Chivington, who commanded the massacre that killed 230 people in November 1864. Chivington’s name is on the monument, and the statue’s plaque is also known as the Sand Creek Massacre Battle. It was fixed in another plaque.

Built in 1909, the statue collapsed on June 25th. It is now in the Colorado History Museum.

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