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State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) told the Advance on Thursday he will introduce a resolution to remove the Lewis Cass statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection on Capitol Hill and replace it with former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young. 

“I think that it is important for us to erect statues to honor the people who need to be valued and there is no person that the case has been made for than Mayor Coleman Young, a Tuskegee Airmen, who was a leader against McCarthyism. … He was a believer in equality and stopping segregation,” said Hollier.  

Cass was a former Michigan territorial governor, U.S. senator and U.S. secretary of state. He was also a slave owner and was the architect of the infamous “Trail of Tears” that forced Native Americans from southern states west of the Mississippi River so that whites could grow cotton. A Detroit high school, a Motor City street and a Michigan county are all named after him.

Read the full story at Michigan Advance.

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