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Jackson County Updates Andrew Jackson Statues With Context About Slavery And Indian Removal Act

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A plaque with a black background and brass-colored lettering acknowledges Andrew Jackson's roles as a slave owner and supporter of forced relocation of Native Americans.
Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
The plaque attached to both statues of Andrew Jackson that greet visitors entering the Jackson County courthouses.

Jackson County legislator notes that the carefully-crafted language "speaks to where we were and where we are."

After voters rejected removing two statues of President Andrew Jackson from their locations in front of county courthouses in Kansas City and Independence, the Jackson County legislature voted to create plaques acknowledging his actions as a slave owner and a supporter of the forced relocation of Native Americans.

The legislator who introduced the plaque proposal offers his thoughts on if they convey the context needed.

  • Jalen Anderson, 1st district at-large legislator, Jackson County, Missouri
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