Editor’s note: This story has been updated to note the statues will only be removed if Jackson County voters approve the measure in 2024.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Legislature took steps Monday to potentially remove two statues of its namesake from prominent county landmarks.
County legislators voted 7-1 in favor of a resolution to hire a company to remove and store two statues of former President Andrew Jackson from outside the county courthouses in Kansas City and Independence.
But first, Jackson County voters will weigh in on the matter in November 2024.
Legislator Manny Abarca introduced the plan at a meeting last month. His proposal didn’t originally call for a vote, according to county documents. But the approved resolution says based on previous actions, they county will put the issue up for a vote first.
This will be the second time in four years that Jackson County residents vote on the matter.
In November 2020, Jackson County residents voted to keep the Jackson statues outside the two courthouses.
Then crews added a plaque to the statues in 2021, hoping to provide context.
The plaques acknowledge Jackson was a slave owner and also supported the Indian Removal Act that forced Native Americans from their homes so that white settlers could live on the land.
The plaque reads in part, “This statue of Jackson reminds us we are on a path that, in the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr., bends towards justice. In turn, we must acknowledge past injustices to help us create a greater nation built upon humane policies to light our way and the way of humanity everywhere.”