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Michigan Native Americans Want the Custer Down in City of Monroe


Anishinaabek Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party with drummers and dancers at the Custer statue. (Photo/Anishinaabek Caucus)

MONROE, Mich. - A yearlong effort to have a statue of Gen. George Armstrong Custer removed from downtown Monroe, Mich. has resulted in little action by the city officials in the small city 40 miles south of Detroit via I-75.

The statue was installed to honor its local hero, George Custer, who spent his childhood there and met his future wife. Dedicated on June 4, 1910 by President William Taft in recognition of the heroism and valiant efforts of the Michigan Brigade at Gettysburg in 1863, the statue has been moved numerous times.

Last year, in the midst of statues coming down across the United States in the aftermath of George Floyd being murdered by then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a group in Monroe circulated a petition to have the statue removed.


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