Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the “temporary” removal of the statues after protesters and police clashed at the Grant Park site, where protesters demanded the statue be removed and even tried to topple it themselves.
Chicagoans remain divided about what should happen now that the statues have come down, and Chicago isn’t the only city that’s been engaged in a debate about historic monuments. In cities across the country, many people have called for the removal of confederate monuments, while others say removing these statues is like erasing history.
But how does someone get a monument in the first place? What goes into that process?
Those are questions we revisit in this week’s podcast episode, which originally aired in 2018. Reporter Jake Smith discovered what it takes to successfully create and install a public memorial—and the long, expensive and bureaucratic process that’s behind it.
Jake Smith writes and reports in Chicago. You can follow him @JakeJeromeSmith. Lynnea Domienik is the intern for Curious City. You can get in touch with her at email@example.com.