VENTURA (CBSLA) – The city of Ventura Thursday quickly followed through on its promise to remove two statues of controversial Father Junipero Serra.

A statue of Father Junipero Serra is removed from outside Ventura City Hall on July 23, 2020. (Tom Spence/KVTA News)

Last week, the Ventura City Council voted to remove a bronze statue of the Roman Catholic priest which sits outside City Hall, along with a wooden statue of Serra located inside City Hall.

The bronze statue was removed just before 5 a.m. Wednesday and is being relocated to Mission San Buenaventura.

The wooden statue is being moved into storage until a more permanent home is found. Its unclear if it has already been removed as well.

Serra’s legacy has come under fire in the wake of the George Floyd protests and the discussion it has prompted over racial injustice.

Serra brought Catholic missions to California in the 18th century and founded nine of the 21 current missions in the state.

In 2015, he was canonized by Pope Francis — the first canonization on U.S. soil — and has remained a controversial figure for what critics argue was his poor treatment of Native Americans. They say he was an agent of Spanish colonialism who forced them to convert to Catholicism and destroyed their tribes and culture.

A Serra statue was toppled in downtown Los Angeles last month, as was one in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

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  2. Controversial? To whom? A handful of anarchists wanting to riot if these statues are not taken down.
    Silent majority cornholed once again.

  3. Tennken says:

    Junipero Serra never killed an Indian. The fact that he aimed to christiniaze Indians is a clear evidence of the high regard he had towards them. The English-speaking 49ers made an effor to exterminate all Indians they could, with the support of the successive Governors of the state of California. Some people say that Junipero Serra is a symbol of colonialism. However, the very English language used by the protesters against Junipero is in itself a symbol of colonialism. If the protesters dislike colonialism so much, they should learn local Indian languages and stop shouting in English, symbol of the worst oppressive colonialism.

  4. Larry Bean says:

    So the mob rules in Ventura.

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