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Statue of Stephen Foster removed from Pittsburgh park amid claims of racism

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A statue of "My Old Kentucky Home" songwriter Stephen Foster was removed from a Pittsburg Park over concerns of racism. A statue of "My Old Kentucky Home" songwriter Stephen Foster was removed from a Pittsburg Park over concerns of racism.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A 118-year-old statue of the "My Old Kentucky Home" songwriter has been removed from a Pittsburgh park after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo.

In October, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to take the Stephen Foster sculpture out of Schenley Plaza and find it a new home.

On Thursday, workers used straps and a small excavator to lift the 10-foot-bronze statue off its base.

Critics have long decried the statue as racist; others say it just highlights that Foster was inspired by black spirituals.

A statue honoring an African-American woman will be put up in its place. Residents can submit nominations.

Foster was a Pittsburgh native known for his minstrel music. His songs include "Camptown Races" and "Oh! Susanna." He died in 1864.

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