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State Senate calls for swapping Father Serra statue with one of Sally Ride
State Senate calls for swapping Father Serra statue with one of Sally Ride

SACRAMENTO — A divided California state Senate voted Monday to request that the statue of Father Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol be replaced with one of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Each state can place statues of two of its important citizens in the Capitol. The likeness of the controversial Catholic priest, who created the California mission system and has been criticized for his treatment of native Americans, has been there since 1934. The other California statue is of former President Reagan. Most Republicans opposed the resolution, by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who said Ride would be the first California woman and known gay person...

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