In the aftermath of voters pushing back against social justice protest and graffiti, local Democratic Party politicos offered this half measure that might save a few bucks as vandals target this monument to inglorious history.
Check the tag as the Legislature approved as language for plaque. . .
"In 1826, the Missouri State Legislature named this County after the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 – Andrew Jackson – nearly three years before he became the nation’s seventh President. Almost two centuries later, we hold a broader, more inclusive view of our nation. Jackson’s ownership of slaves and his support for the Indian Removal Act are part of his history. The Act forced Native Americans from their home territories so that white settlers could live there and triggered the Trail of Tears, a 1,000-mile march resulting in the death of thousands, including an estimated one-quarter of the Cherokee Nation.
"This statue of Jackson reminds us we are on a path that, in the immortal words of Martin Luther King, Jr., bends towards justice. In turn, we must acknowledge past injustices to help us create a greater nation built upon humane policies to light our way and the way of humanity everywhere.
"You may be entering this revered building today in a pursuit of truth or justice. Welcome. Your own history is still being written."
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