Madrid, Spain, Jun 24, 2020 / 17:07 pm
The mayor of Boadilla del Monte, a town just west of metro Madrid in central Spain, has offered to take the statue of Saint Junipero Serra toppled last weekend in San Francisco.
Serra's statue was torn down in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park June 19, along with other statues of Francis Scott Key, author of the "Star Spangled Banner" and former U.S. president and Civil War general, Ulysses S. Grant.
The statue was one of numerous depictions of historic figures pulled down in the past week amid ongoing protests and riots throughout the country. While some protests have torn down the statues of Confederate figures, as part of a call to end systemic racism, other statues have also been torn down from prominent locations, including one of George Washington.
During the San Francisco protests, a statue of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the Spanish classic "Don Quixote" was tagged with the epithet "bastard."