Removing our Lewis & Clark statues felt like…

For years before it was recently removed, the local debate about the Lewis & Clark statue on West Main Street in Charlottesville centered around whether or not Sacajawea's crouched posture was demeaning and underplayed her importance to the expedition, a debate that resulted in the placement of a contextual plaque in 2009 that was dedicated by Sacajawea's descendants. I was actually there and gave Sacajawea's great-granddaughter a pack of C&O Restaurant matches so she could perform a "smudging" ceremony on the plaque with burning sage.

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