COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Elected officials have voted to remove two courthouse murals in Columbia that show a white man pointing a gun at a Native American man and an attempted lynching.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the Boone County Commission made the decision Thursday after lawyers raised concerns.
The murals, painted by Sidney Larson in 1994, will be placed in storage. The murals depict multiple scenes from Columbia’s history, including when Southern guerrillas terrorized Union loyalists in 1864. Another scene shows a white man being punished for stealing a cow.
Three shirtless Black men also are shown chained by their ankles as they carry a plank.