Jackson County, Missouri to Remove Andrew Jackson Statues

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Jackson County, Missouri, named after Andrew Jackson, will remove two statues of the former president despite a previous vote by residents to keep them. The Jackson County Legislature voted 7-1 in favor of removing the statues outside courthouses in Independence and Kansas City. In a 2020 ballot initiative, over 72% of county residents voted against removing the statues. County Executive Frank White believes the statues, honoring a man who owned slaves and caused Native American deaths, should be removed. The statues, located at the Jackson County Courthouse and the Historic Truman Courthouse, will be taken down and stored following the legislature’s decision.