San Francisco is never one to stay out of a national, hot-button political squabble, and the controversy over the removal of Confederate statues throughout the South made its way here over the weekend.
That’s when an old debate became new again thanks to a Facebook group calling for the removal of the Pioneer Monument. It’s that 800-ton sculpture depicting the settlement of California that sits between the Main Library and the Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center.
That section is called “Early Days” and depicts a nearly naked American Indian man on the ground with a Spanish vaquero standing over him and raising his hand in victory. A missionary also towers over the fallen man, one hand reaching down to him and the other pointing to heaven.