Ethan Berkowitz

Captain Cook Statue To Be Moved?

Jun 26, 2020
Captain Cook Society

In recent weeks, protesters around the country have toppled statues of Confederate generals and other figures they believe represent America’s racist past. In Alaska, such efforts have begun as well, focused on figures linked to the state’s history of colonization.There’s been a push to remove a statue of William Seward in Juneau and another to remove an Alexander Baranof statue in Sitka.

In Anchorage, an effort to get rid of a downtown Anchorage statue has drawn attention from officials, including mayor Ethan Berkowitz. As Alaska Public Media’s Lex Treinen reports,  everyone seems to agree on the facts of Captain Cook’s history in the area, but their ideas about what to do next vary widely.