Carson, Kit

The statue of Kit Carson was proactively removed ahead of protests in june 2020. American Indian Movement leaders say Kit Carson “was as bad and as evil as any Confederate general”

The pioneer monument — marking the conquest of white settlers in the West — was originally designed with a Native American man on top. When a model of the monument was unveiled in 1906, Denver residents took great offense to the Native American at its apex and demanded he be replaced with Carson. Sculptor Frederick MacMonnies made a special trip from Paris to accommodate the request.

Photos by Van der Krogt and Evan Semón.

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