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Efforts In Place to Replace a Cherokee Indian on Cherokee Street in St Louis

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The “Cherokee Indian” sat at the corner of Jefferson and Cherokee in St. Louis, MO since it was commissioned in 1985.  It grew to be both a symbol of the neighborhood and area as well as a marker for directions for St. Louisans and tourists alike. That is until a group of “progressives”, decided to have it removed.  Behind the move was a property magnate, not from the area, and a comic book owner, also not from the area.  The store owner, intent on moving his store into the space behind the statue, called a rush meeting to have it removed while feeding the press stories that the community supported its removal – something far from the truth.

The “Cherokee Indian” was commissioned in 1985 by the Cherokee Station Business Association and was designed and constructed by Bill Christenson. The statue was built to represent the Cherokee people and the

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