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Diego de Vargas statue removed from Cathedral Park in Santa Fe

Diego de Vargas statue removed from Cathedral Park in Santa Fe

KOB Web Staff
Updated: June 18, 2020 05:26 PM
Created: June 18, 2020 08:18 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City crews removed the statue of Diego de Vargas from Cathedral Park in Santa Fe Thursday morning. 

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber issued a statement Wednesday calling for the removal of the statue, as well as the Kit Carson statue at the Santa Fe Courthouse and the obelisk in the Santa Fe Plaza. He said that it's time to move past the monuments.

"It is time to stop celebrating violence and it is time to celebrate the reconciliation in our future," Webber said. 

Webber signed a Proclamation of Emergency Thursday.

Directives from the proclamation include: 

  • The City shall immediately remove the statute of Don Diego de Vargas in Cathedral Park and place it in a safe location; The Don Diego DeVargas Statue has been removed with great care from its current location as a safety precaution in advance of tonight’s protest.  The statue is being stored at an undisclosed location for safety reasons.
  • The City Attorney and City Manager shall work with City staff to begin the legal processes for removal of the Santa Fe Obelisk from the City’s Plaza Park;
  • The City Attorney and City Manager shall contact the proper officials with jurisdiction over the Obelisk dedicated to Kit Carson, to determine a course of action for removal of that monument; and 
  • The First Amendment Rights of Santa Fe residents and visitors shall be protected and preserved.

The mayor said the call for the removal of the monuments in Santa Fe was to allow our community the opportunity to have overdue conversations.

"We need to take an honest look at all of our history, move forward with truth and reconciliation, and create a better future based on our shared values," Mayor Webber said.

The Indian Affairs Department has said it also supports these removals. 

A demonstration at Santa Fe Plaza is planned for Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Organizers with the Three Sisters Collective say that "celebrating racism and attempted genocide needs to end." They wrote an open letter to the Santa Fe mayor and city council Wednesday. 

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