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Voters to decide fate of Andrew Jackson statue

Andrew Jackson statue Jackson County
Posted at 1:06 PM, Jul 13, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County voters now have one more thing they’ll get to decide on at the polls this November.

The Jackson County Legislature voted 7-2 Monday morning on a measure that will ask voters whether or not to keep the Andrew Jackson statue on display outside the county courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The move to ask voters to decide came after legislators voted down a measure by a 3-6 vote to remove the statue. A subsequent vote to establish a committee also failed by a 4-5 margin.

Statues across the country have increasingly been part of the debate about systemic racism.

The Andrew Jackson statue in Kansas City was vandalized last month.

Following the incident, Jackson County Executive Frank White issued a statement calling for a review of whether the statue should remain standing.