Violence in Charlottesville has reignited a debate about the future of a statue depicting Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster and an enslaved black man playing the banjo. Should it be moved? Destroyed? Click “Follow This” to get updates.
Mayor Bill Peduto will now decide the fate of the monument.
The Art Commission could recommend today whether it should be removed, relocated or altered and left in Oakland.
The Art Commission is expected to take final action on the statue at its regularly scheduled hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
“It’s our building, and we made a decision to change the mural — a deliberate decision.”
Peduto says he supports relocation of Pittsburgh’s controversial Stephen Foster statue to educational setting
The city plans to host one or two public meetings about the statue’s fate.
State Democrats call for the expansion of hate crime laws in Pennsylvania after Charlottesville’s deadly clashes
“This administration seems to have given license to hate groups,” Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said.
“What’s happening right now is that we’re studying what to do and how we should do it, and I think we’re pretty early in the process.”