Posted on April 20, 2023

Crews Begin to Remove Controversial Statue in San Jose

Marianne Favro, KNTV, April 18, 2023

After more than three decades of controversy, the Thomas Fallon statue in San Jose is coming down.


The 1,200-pound bronze sculpture depicts Captain Thomas Fallon raising a U.S. flag in San Jose on what was then-Mexican land. Ever since the statue of one of San Jose’s first mayors went up at Julian and St. James streets, it has been controversial {snip}

Crews began the process of removing the statue from its pedestal, something James Dominguez and his tribe fought for years to see happen.

“It’s like having a statue of a tyrant in the middle of San Jose. {snip}” said the member of Muwekma Ohlone Tribe {snip}

Gregory White works near the statue and is also glad to see it will soon ride off {snip}

“It represents racism, it represents genocide,” said White. {snip}