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San Francisco to remove 19th century statue some call racist

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A San Francisco board has decided to remove a 19th century statue near City Hall that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people.

FILE - This March 2, 2018 file photo shows a statue that depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary in San Francisco. A San Francisco board has decided to remove the 19th-century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, on the “Early Days” statue. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File/ MANILA BULLETIN)

FILE – This March 2, 2018 file photo shows a statue that depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary in San Francisco. A San Francisco board has decided to remove the 19th-century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, on the “Early Days” statue. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted unanimously Wednesday night for the removal of the “Early Days” statue. It depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary.

The statue is part of a group of statues depicting California’s founding.

The board had voted in April voted to overturn a decision by the city’s Arts Commission to remove the sculpture.

At the time, appeals board member Rick Swig called the statue “horrible” but said removing it would squash free speech.

Native American activists have tried to have the statue removed for decades and renewed their efforts last year.

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