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"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."

 

(from https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/02/michigan-democrats-want-cass-statue-replaced-us-capitol/5361814002/)

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.