John Mason statue on Capitol Hill gets temporary reprieve – NBC Connecticut

The controversial statue of Captain John Mason, who led the massacre of the Pequot Indians at the Battle of Mystic in 1637, will remain on the State Capitol for a little longer.

“It was a complicated and divisive past. There are no good guys,” said state historian Walt Woodward.

Woodward said John Mason’s status should remain on the State Capitol building despite funding to remove it.

“It is not about the terrible bloodthirsty Englishmen and the peaceful indigenous people with gentle manners. There was enough atrocity on both sides to make your head spin, ”said Woodward.

There was $ 15,000 in the state budget to remove the statue from the Capitol. But the stakes were much higher.

“It’s over $ 50,000,” said Eric Connery of Legislative Management.

This means that four legislative leaders will have to review the offers.

“The reason the price has gone up dramatically is that there is a lot of unknowns as to how this statue is attached or one of the statues is attached,” Connery explained.

Connery added: “Without essentially trying to lift a statue, those who will go unanswered until someone actually tries to do so.”

In the meantime, a little-known commission for the preservation and restoration of the Connecticut State Capitol will hold a briefing hearing on its removal in November.

“He actually committed genocide and although it is history, I think we have to consider this place a place of honor,” said Senator Cathay Osten, D-Sprague.

Not everyone agrees.

“With immense respect to all the native tribes of Connecticut, I personally would be in favor of keeping this thing. Because as part of the story. There’s a reason the people of Connecticut have honored Mason for many years, ”said Woodward.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Chairman Rodney Butler said sports betting was not the biggest achievement of the last legislative session.

“It was the Mason status that came from the State Capitol building,” said Butler.

Butler pointed out that this year is the 383rd anniversary of the Treaty of Hartford which attempted to abolish the Pequot tribe and ban their tribal name.

“The Pequots no longer existed on the basis of this treaty,” said Butler.

Osten said that was the reason she fought for the Mason statue to be brought down.

“I think it’s very clear that what they were trying to do was wipe out an entire civilization and that’s not fair and shouldn’t be honored,” Osten said.

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