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The Latest: San Francisco to remove statue some call racist

March 5, 2018

This Friday, March 2, 2018 photo shows a statue of a Native American below Sir Francis Drake and Father Junipero Serra in San Francisco. San Francisco's arts commission is considering removing a statue that some say is degrading to Native Americans. The city's arts commission is scheduled to discuss the sculpture Monday and has the final say on its fate. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a vote to remove a San Francisco statue some consider offensive (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

San Francisco arts commissioners have voted to remove a statue that shows a Native American man at the feet of a conquering Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary.

Monday’s vote by the San Francisco Arts Commission was unanimous and is the final word on the removal of “Early Days.” The sculpture is part of the Pioneer Monument cluster near City Hall that depicts the founding of California.

Native Americans and others have long wanted to remove the statue which they say is racist and demeaning. Advocates for removal clapped and cheered after the voice vote.

The arts commission started the removal process after demonstrators clashed over the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August.

Other statues in the cluster would not be affected.

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2 p.m.

San Francisco’s arts commission is considering removing a statue that some say is degrading to Native Americans.

The “Early Days” sculpture depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary. It is part of the Pioneer Monument cluster near City Hall that depicts the founding of California.

The arts commission started the removal process after demonstrators clashed over the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August.

The commission is scheduled to discuss the sculpture Monday and has the final say on its fate.

The Historic Preservation Commission agreed in February to its removal with the condition that a plaque be placed to explain why it was removed.

Other statues in the cluster would not be affected.

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