The City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, voted 5-1 Tuesday to remove a statue of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson from City Hall and relocate the bronze monument to a less prominent spot, a local NBC affiliate reported.
The lone dissenting vote was Councilman Ashby Foote — the only Republican on the council.
Foote, who is a self-described "history buff," said "the whole idea of tearing down historical statues and monuments is generally a bad idea."
"We need to understand our history, not tear it down," Foote said.
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a Democrat, said the decision to remove the statue from the Mississippi city named after the country's seventh president will help "divorce" the name of the city from "the legacy of a brutal owner of enslaved people who was instrumental in initiating the Trail of Tears against indigenous people."
"While removing a statue does little to change our condition as oppressed people, we should not have to constantly encounter the likenesses of those who profited off of the blood, sweat, & despair of our ancestors or see them immortalized as honorable," the mayor said in a statement.
🔦 The Jackson statue was erected in 1968 and dedicated in 1972. City Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay suggested the statue be placed in a museum.