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Is There A Problem?

"Cass, the second territorial governor of Michigan, oversaw the forced removal of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands as secretary of war under President Andrew Jackson. As a U.S. senator, he promoted the doctrine of popular sovereignty, suggesting white settlers in new territories should vote on whether to expand slavery. The marble statue of his likeness has a prominent place in National Statuary Hall in the Capitol. The state of Michigan gave the statue to the collection in 1889."



Should Lewis Cass be replaced?

For more guidance, check out the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Policy Statement on Controversial Commemorative Works. They use the guiding principles of: stewardship, changing values, historical context, historical significance, consultation, inclusion, treatment alternatives, and public education. The full report can be found here: FULL REPORT.

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