Commonwealth Policy Center

The city of Charlottesville has taken down another statue. This time, its a statue of two great American explorers– Lewis and Clark and their Indian guide Sacagawea. Sacagawea was chosen to interpret and guide the two explorers across the West. In the statue, she is shown crouching down as she helps chart their course. But according to critics, this is meant to show her inferiority. This is far from the truth. She is seen by all as a valuable help to the expedition, and without her, it would have failed. As all statues do, this statue in Charlottesville is meant to honor and celebrate the deeds of these great explorers. Perhaps the city could spend the $1 million to remove statues on some much needed history lessons.