State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on May 3, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Boone County commissioners to hear Tuesday testimony on Sid Larson mural controversy

Tuesday night is your opportunity to comment on the courthouse mural issue at the Boone County Courthouse.

State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on May 3, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

The Commission meets tomorrow evening from 7-9 and will take public comment on the Sid Larson mural. It’s located near the staircase heading to the courtrooms and offices upstairs.

State Rep. David Tyson Smith (D-Columbia), former Boone County Judge Gary Oxenhandler and attorney Rusty Antel have called for the mural’s removal.

Smith says it represents an ugly past that should be in the Historical Society and not the courthouse. Judge Oxenhandler and Antel describe them as upsetting.

The murals show a white man pointing a gun at a Native-American man, black men chained by their ankles and white men being hanged and whipped.

Commissioners are also scheduled to discuss planning and zoning issues at Tuesday’s meeting.

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