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Fate of Capital City’s Andrew Jackson Statue Still Undecided Four Years After Removal Vote

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JACKSON, Miss.—Andrew Jackson still stands outside City Hall in Jackson, Miss., nearly four years after the City Council officials decided to remove the statue dedicated to the slave-owning president who was responsible for the Trail of Tears and is also the capital city’s namesake.

The Jackson City Council voted 5-1 on July 7, 2020, to relocate the statue, which has stood overlooking the Josh Halbert gardens outside City Hall since 1972.

But the council has yet to decide when the relocation will take place and where the statue’s new home will be if it is removed at all, Ward 7 Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay said in a statement to the Mississippi Free Press on Monday.

“The matter is still in committee,” she said. The council has not decided whether to address the issue again; it would take a vote to bring the issue out of committee and back onto the council agenda, she said.

Jackson Enslaved Africans, Forced Indigenous People Off Their Land

Andrew Jackson became the seventh president of the United States and the Democratic Pary’s first president in 1829. Before becoming president, he served as a general in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Congress.

Some considered him “a military hero and man of the people,” which “made him a popular choice for the presidency.” 

However, Jackson was also an ardent supporter of the institution of slavery and profited from the ownership of enslaved Africans at his plantation, The Hermitage, in Nashville, Tenn. 

In 1804, Jackson placed an ad in the local newspaper asking for the capture and return of a man who had run away from the horrors of his plantation. 

“It offered ‘ten dollars extra, for every hundred lashes any person will give him, to the amount of three hundred,’” journalist Deneen Brown wrote in an April 11, 2017, report for The Washington Post.

Jackson, Miss., namesake Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States,

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