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Resolution to replace Lewis Cass statue advances past Senate

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Lewis Cass Statue

Former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young could become the first Black man represented inNational Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

A resolution to replace one of two statues currently representing Michigan in the Capitol building with Young recently passed the state Senate.

Senator Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) has been leading that effort.

“Today’s movement is not about tearing down a statue. But it is about replacing and changing who we send to DC. Right now, we have Lewis Casswho was a territorial governor of the State of Michigan and the secretary of war under Andrew Jackson. And he led President Jackson’s Indian removal program,” he said.

Hollier said Young would be a better representative for Michigan in the statuary collection.

“He was somebody who spent his entire career fighting for freedom, fighting for people and fighting for his constituents. And for anybody who ever knew him, he could be a polarizing figure as so many great people were,” he said.

Hollier noted it’s been the custom for Democrats and Republicans to each choose a member of their party to honor in Washington, D.C.

Republicans moved to replace a statue of former Senator and Detroit Mayor Zachariah Chandler with one of President Gerald Ford, and the swap took place back in 2011.

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Colin Jackson is the Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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