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Race Relations Advanced with Destruction of Elk Statue

Portland – July 3, 2020

A 120-year-old statue of an elk was lit on fire in downtown Portland to protest systemic racism. The statue, which sits atop a fountain, had been the target of graffiti  and fires during  weeks of protests.

The elk and fountain were donated to the city by one-time mayor David P. Thompson in 1900 to honor elk that once roamed the Willamette Valley. It had been in the same place for 120 years and was originally designed to water horses.

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