Photo courtesy WJAX-TV
A fake Indian head sits on the lap of a statue of Andrew Jackson in Jacksonville, Florida.

Someone Put a Fake Native American Head on the Lap of Andrew Jackson

Sheena Louise Roetman

A fake Native American head was found early Tuesday in the lap of a statue of Andrew Jackson in Jacksonville, Florida.

It is still unclear who placed the head on the statue, not to mention why, but many on Twitter and Facebook have been quick to point out that Jackson was responsible for the Indian Removal Act of 1830, leading to the Trail of Tears and the forced relocation and subsequent deaths of thousands of Native Americans.

It’s also unclear how exactly the head was placed on the statue since shrubbery and a chain link fence surround the statue, according to CBS 47 WJAX-TV, and Jackson’s lap is approximately 15 to 20 feet high. The statue is stationed in front of Jacksonville Landing, a prominent tourist complex in downtown Jacksonville.

Representatives from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

The head was placed sometime Monday evening and crews used a crane to remove it before 7:30 a.m., according to Russell Colburn of WJAX-TV.

Recently, renewed efforts to replace Jackson’s image from the $20 bill have gained media attention. Support for Harriet Tubman has been popular, and Wilma Mankiller particularly popular with Native Americans.

The city of Jacksonville was named after President Jackson in 1832.

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Wild Bill Jr.
Submitted by Wild Bill Jr. on
good, it's about time the gov, take not est to things that happen to natives in the past, time to put the real truth in history books.

Robyn Blanpied
Robyn Blanpied
Submitted by Robyn Blanpied on
Charming example of real psychological warfare. Reproducible, inexpensive, easily deniable, brutally direct. Sun-tzu would be proud. Guerrilla/asymmetric warfare is too intellectual and subtle for American tastes, but it's uses are infinite and its effectiveness can be devastating. Queen Marie-Antoinette never said 'Let them eat brioche', but it no longer matters. This is the sort of resistance European invaders cannot fight.

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
But the American and National (Western) scene has plenty of "heads" highlighted from Iraq and Syria. What is more scary is the potential for American soldiers (men and women) to be GOING back to Iraq and into Syria after the 2016 elections. The lives of young men and women to be used as DICE in proving to the world how disposible young American lives are. With the failings and hush-hush of the current White House administration, all this White House wants is to finish the remaining 12-16 months, and LEAVE the ISSUES (worse than 2009) to the next elected White House _ Democrat or Republican. Leave the indian head and Jackson alone….and focus on the coming American battles in Iraq to come…..on the shoulders and heads of our YOUNG Americans and young Indian men and Indian women!