BANGOR – Monday night the Bangor City Council voted to remove a controversial monument.
Bangor councilors voted unanimously in favor of a proposal to remove the Estevan Gomez monument from the area near the Kenduskeag Stream.
Gomez was a Portuguese explorer who sailed up the Penobscot River, and on his way back to Europe, took natives from southern New England to be sold as slaves.
According to a proposal from the Commission on Cultural Development, the Bangor Historical Society will use the upper cross to put the monument in proper historical context so that Gomez’s role in indigenous oppression is acknowledged.
The rest of the monument was recommended to be destroyed.