Controversial Andrew Jackson statues will get context signs
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County plans to place signs on two statues of Andrew Jackson to note that the former president owned slaves and approved a law that forced thousands of Native Americans from their land.
County voters last week rejected a proposal to remove the statues from in front of courthouses in Kansas City and Independence.
County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Friday her office will pay for signs to add to provide context to Jackson’s history, The Independence Examiner reported. The signs, with an estimated cost of $4,000, will be in place in the next few weeks, weather permitting.
The county approved the signs last year before the push to remove the statues but they were delayed by budget constraints and racial injustice demonstrations that roiled the country earlier this year, Baker said.
“My hope is that we were a little ahead of the curve on this issue, and people might find him in a proper historical context,” Baker said, “and maybe those who voted for its removal might be relieved to see some language there.”