Stephen A. Douglas statue removed from Illinois Capitol lawn

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A statue of a 19th-century senator from Illinois who owned slaves and was a longtime nemesis of Abraham Lincoln has been moved from the Illinois Capitol’s lawn into storage.

The State Journal-Register reports that crews on Saturday used equipment to remove the statue of Stephen A.

Douglas and a statue of Pierre Menard, an early Illinois settler and politician who was also a slave owner, from the Statehouse lawn in Springfield.

The board of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol voted unanimously in August to remove both statues amid a reckoning on race sparked by George Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody.

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