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State Panel Votes To Remove Historical Statues From Illinois Capitol Lawn

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Statues of two Illinois historical figures are set to be removed from the Illinois Capitol lawn. A panel voted yesterday to have statues of Stephen Douglas and Pierre Menard taken down. Douglas was a staunch defender of slavery, while Menard served as the state’s first lieutenant governor and was a slaveholder. The Capitol architect expects that the statues will be removed within two to three months.

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