Watch CBS News

San Francisco Board Approves Removing Controversial 'Early Days' Statue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco board has decided to remove a 19th century statue near City Hall that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people.

The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted unanimously Wednesday night for the removal of the "Early Days" statue. It depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary.

The statue is part of a group of statues depicting California's founding.

San Francisco Pioneer Statue Removal
A statue called "Early Days" is being removed amid complaints that it is offensive to Native Americans. (CBS)

The board had voted in April voted to overturn a decision by the city's Arts Commission to remove the sculpture.

ALSO READ: Justices Reject Suit Over Racist San Francisco Police Texts

At the time, appeals board member Rick Swig called the statue "horrible" but said removing it would squash free speech.

Native American activists have tried to have the statue removed for decades and renewed their efforts last year.

© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.