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SF Mayor, Residents Decry Vandalism of Golden Gate Park Statues

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SAN FRANCISCO — All night and through Saturday afternoon, city of San Francisco crews worked to clean up after protesters vandalized statues in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.
In the aftermath, a lot of people came out to see the damage for themselves.
Among the suddenly-empty pedestals, one that held Star-Spangled Banner poet Francis Scott Key, a man who, in fact, owned slaves. Another held Junipero Serra, founder of California missions and also a slave owner.
“When I was here last week I had noticed Junipero Serra was still up,” said a bystander named Tasmin. “I thought it was, you know, surprising to have him so prominently in the park, considering the history.”

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