PORTLAND, OR (KPTV)- Demonstrators pulled down the Thomas Jefferson statue in front of Jefferson High School Sunday.
The words “slave owner” and “George Floyd” were written on the white marble base where the statue had stood.
Thomas Jefferson statue now toppled over at Jefferson High School. This was the meeting spot for tonight’s march in Portland. Wasn’t like this before we left at 7:15. A speaker here says, “We’re taking the city back, one racist statue at a time.” #Portland #breakingnews pic.twitter.com/PiRh00yPzv— Bonnie Silkman KPTV (@BonnieSilkman) June 15, 2020
Jefferson High School was the starting point for Sunday’s march which was organized by Rose City Justice to protest the killing of George Floyd and police brutality. They had planned to march to Alberta Park in northeast Portland.
Neighbors who live near Jefferson High School stopped by to see the fallen statue.
"Honestly, I'm just very emotionally charged right now," said Tope Sosanya. "We're addressing white supremacy finally, and it’s just something we grew up with. And it’s been so normalized that people on our money would - which is supposed to be good to have - would have owned me."
But not everyone was happy to see the vandalism.
"It's part of my building. I don't like to see my building defaced," said James Dean, head custodian of Portland Public Schools.
PPS will decide what happens with the Jefferson statue now. Some hope it goes and the school named for him is renamed.
FOX 12 reached out to PPS to find out what they plan to do about the statue, but have not received a reply.
On Saturday, protesters in Eugene knocked down The Pioneer Man and Pioneer Mother statues at the University of Oregon.
The removal of the statue comes in response to the national movement against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
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