UPDATE: City Council to vote Monday on proposed removal of Bangor monument

The next council meeting is on October 26th.
Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 12:56 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 1:21 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A proposal to remove and destroy a controversial monument in honor of a Portuguese explorer in downtown Bangor will now go to Bangor City Councilors for a vote.

Final recommendations for the monument in honor of a Portuguese explorer, Estavan Gomez, were presented during a Bangor Economic Development Committee meeting Tuesday night.

The Bangor Commission on Cultural Development is recommending the city move the upper cross from the Estavan Gomez monument to the Bangor Historical Society.

The other half of the recommendation is to destroy and dispose of the pedestal and patio-type area around the cross.

At the request of the Penobscot Nation, Bangor officials began to explore options for the monument earlier this year.

They say Gomez visited North America 500 years ago and kidnapped Native Americans with plans to sell them back in Europe.

They’re asking for a new monument that better reflects the heritage of the area.

The committee says public input showed most people supporting the removal of it.

Two people opposed it.

Bangor City Council will take a final vote on this proposal on Monday, October 26th.

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