Sir Francis Drake statue removed in Marin County

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A 30-foot tall steel sculpture of Sir Francis Drake has been removed by crews near the Larkspur Ferry Terminal in Marin County.

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- A 30-foot tall steel sculpture of Sir Francis Drake has been removed by crews near the Larkspur Ferry Terminal in Marin County.

The 30-foot tall steel sculpture was put up next to the terminal in 1990.

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A petition has been circulating to remove the statue in Larkspur of the British explorer because of his history of slave trading. There has been a similar movement to remove a statue of him in Plymouth, England.

Sir Francis Drake's name is widespread in Marin County, from the long boulevard that runs from the bay to the coast, to the high school in San Anselmo.

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