Kalamazoo city manager recommends fountain removal

Associated Press

Kalamazoo – A southwestern Michigan city official is recommending the removal of a park fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy.

Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema on Thursday said the Fountain of the Pioneers in Bronson Park near the city’s downtown should be removed and a new plan developed for the park.

The fountain features a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American. Some residents said the piece is racist, while others argue that it’s a work of art that can teach people about history.

Ritsema says growing outcry from activists and indigenous people over the fountain shows Bronson Park isn’t being enjoyed by all. The statue on the fountain was vandalized in November.

The Kalamazoo City Commission will consider the recommendation on March 5.