Demonstrators tore down an obelisk in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Monday, which had been raised to commemorate New Mexico’s Union veterans of the Civil War, as well as those who fought in battles against Native Americans.
The monument, which stood in the Santa Fe Plaza since 1868, had long been a source of controversy, according to CNN. In addition to Union veterans, the inscription on one of its faces was dedicated “to the heroes who have fallen in the various battles with savage Indians in the territory of New Mexico.” The word “savage” had later been chiseled off.
Democratic Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber in June had ordered the obelisk removed, but such plans reportedly fell through because the monument was too heavy. It took approximately 40 people about 20 minutes to rip it down with ropes, chains, and pulleys on Monday.
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