The city of Charlottesville, Va., Followed up by removing two controversial Confederate statues Saturday with the lightning-fast toppling of a third local landmark: a monumental tribute to explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea.
At an emergency meeting convened with 20 minutes notice, Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to cancel another piece of public art targeted by left-wing activists.
“I feel it just needs to be melted down,” Rose Ann Abrahamson, a descendant of Sacagawea, said during the council meeting, The Daily Progress reported. “I feel it’s completely offensive and it should be erased.”
Within minutes, a city crew member was working ̵
Local observer Molly Conger documented the process on Twitter.
“To get right down to the store and not even take the cherry picker off the truck,” Conger wrote.
Lewis, the famous American adventurer sent by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the country west of the Mississippi River in 1804, was a local hero born in Charlottesville’s Albemarle County.
The bronze statue in honor of Lewis and the Clark Expedition includes the two men and Sacagawea, their Shoshone guide and interpreter.
In recent years, its design has been criticized for its portrayal of Sacagawea, who appears in a hanging position behind the standing white men – whom activists have seen as derogatory.
But some historians claim that her posture shows her in action as a tracker and is not meant to place her in a submissive posture.
Charlottesville’s Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center has offered to take the statue – but the city council has not yet decided to accept its plan.